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Opening a Charter School

Opening a Charter School

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How can the group help you anticipate and plan for your first years in a newly opened charter school? How can ther group help you respond to the unanticipated issues that come along with the messy, necessary work of dveloping new systems and a new school culture? This discussion is for group members to ask and answer questions about opening a Charter School.

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Chad Sansing's picture
Chad Sansing
Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

RT @CharterInsights Charter schools and the organizational lifecycle - The pains of Growth: When the school first opens, people ope... http://bit.ly/dXpSX

Julie Milner's picture

It sometimes takes a few years, but when charter schools find that they are not in competition with each other, they can work together on issues such as sharing best practices and resources like school lunch options, visiting nurses and technology support. Collaboration can be very rewarding, especially to administrators.

Chad Sansing's picture
Chad Sansing
Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

Well said, Julie. In Virginia, there are so few charter schools (especially start-ups) that sharing reources is difficult across distances. I work in a school divison with two charters (50% of the charters in Virginia!); one is twenty years old and existed before being awarded charter status; the other is my school which is in its second year. There's a lot of communication and sharing between the schools, but we're in completely different places in the life-cycles of our schools. It would be great to work through challenges with new charters, as well. I wonder if RTTI will impact the charter scene here.

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LPS
Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

I have written a business plan and have an idea for charter school, I have attempted to gather supporters to meet and write grants for start up costs. When it came to meeting no one showed up. How do I find people interested?

Chad Sansing's picture
Chad Sansing
Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

LPS -that's a great question. With different laws in different states, it's also a tough one to answer. Let me get advice from Bobbi Snow, our school's co-founder and co-moderator of this group.

Mark Hazleton, whom you can find in the Introductions discussion, works for an organization called Charter Starters Inc. Perhaps he could be of help, as well?

More soon -
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