Monday, December 06, 2010

The Founders: Building Schools With No Excuses

A nice article about three Truman Scholars ( who have founded/are founding "no excuses" charter networks:

Dacia Toll (MD '93), Co-CEO and President, Achievement First
Seth Andrew (RI '99), Founder and Superintendent, Democracy Prep Schools
Ravi Gupta (NY, '04), Fellow, Building Excellent Schools

Over the last few years, charter schools have generated an exceptional amount of interest and activity across the country, spurred by the Department of Education's Race to the Top initiative and by encouraging results from the most successful charters. Nationwide there are some 1.5 million students attending more than 4,000 charter schools. It is a moment of great potential for leading education reformers who have spent years and sometimes decades developing, opening and running charter schools in some of the country's lowest-income, lowest-performing districts.

A remarkable number of these leaders are Truman Scholars. I interviewed three Truman Scholars (among many, many more) who are involved in founding and running charter schools. This is their surprisingly connected story.


The Founders: Building Schools With No Excuses

by Editor — last modified Dec 01, 2010 10:16 PM

Part I: The Founders

The stories of 3 Truman Scholars founding and running "no excuses" charter schools

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