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Useful “Dos and Don’ts” to Help Charter Schools Proactively Engage Media

Public charter schools are often barraged with media inquiries and records requests or may at least experience some type of media coverage at some point during the school year. This can create anxiety for charter school leaders who aren’t fully prepared to address requests for information from newspaper reporters, television journalists, or other media representatives. Or worse, lack of preparation for …

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Celebrating charter schools and teachers together!

While some argue it is unusual our President declared National Charter Schools Week during Teacher Appreciation Week, it is also fitting. It sends a strong message of support for charter schools and for teachers in charter schools. It sends a message of support for all the hard work being done in charter schools, and he is not the first President …

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6 Reasons to Celebrate Charter Schools

It is fitting that National Charter Schools Week and Teacher Appreciation Week fall during the same week this year. President Obama declared this week National Charter Schools Week, May 4-10, 2014.  Parents, students, and community members owe a great deal to successful charter schools, charter school pioneers, and charter school teachers. Arguably, the most important reason to celebrate charter schools …

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Performance Academies 8th graders are accepted to top quality high schools

Performance Academies Schools offer a rigorous K-8 preparatory program. In fulfillment of our mission to prepare K-8 students for success in high school and beyond, we are proud to announce that our 8th grade students are being accepted to top regional high schools. So proud of our Columbus and Toledo area 8th graders for being accepted to the following top …

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Challenges, Questions, and Suggestions for Effective Implementation of the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Ohio educators, charter and traditional alike, are in the throes of overseeing high stakes testing on the state mandated Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) this week.  Meanwhile, many are already looking ahead to next year and considering the requirements, implications, and proper implementation of the new Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The new Third Grade Reading Guarantee incorporates many researched based instructional …

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A fresh slate in education for the New Year–3 things we can do now to help schools succeed

Every New Year brings with it the hope of new ideas in education, new ways of knowing, a fresh slate of clean, clear ideas for teaching. Every New Year for the past 20 years, I have entered it hoping, almost childlike, for a fresh wave of positive thinking and new ideas in education, chock full of new ways education leaders …

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3 Things Teachers and Principals Should Do Now to Increase Academic Outcomes

It isn’t a coincidence that several negative articles about charter schools and school choice have come out this week. Thousands of public school teachers rallied yesterday from New York to San Francisco to “reclaim the promise of public education.” Unions draw over $2 billion in dues from educators annually. Though membership is falling in some teacher unions,(e.g. NEA), they undoubtedly …

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What’s the Single, Most Important Thing We Should Do To Ensure Future Success of School Reform?

What is the one most important thing we can do right now as school leaders and teachers to ensure the success of our reform efforts? Tell our story. If I could wave a magic wand, every person involved in school choice, charter schools, and school reform would be telling their success story. In Ohio alone, we are over 400 charter …

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Supporting (and Celebrating) School Choice is Important; Here’s Why

Yesterday, the Huffington Post posted “An Open Letter To National School Choice Week”. In the letter, Steve Nelson barrages School Choice Week officials with wild accusations, including accelerating the “demise of public education in America”. He hurls further outrageous insults like the groups that fund School Choice Week “hope to shrink government to a size where it might be drowned …

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Veterans Day Message

John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States, said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” For many of us, it’s hard to imagine the experiences, the challenges, and the trials that veterans and service men and women have endured. It’s important that we …

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