Charters Turn 25: Too Few Leaders of Color


Education Next takes a look at the 25-year history of charter schools in the U.S. The recent article points out that since the 1990’s, approximately 7,000 charter schools serving more than three million students in 43 states and the nation’s capital have opened. Derrell Bradford takes an in-depth look at the history and statistics of the charter school industry in order to identify techniques to bolster the offerings moving forward. In the article Strengthening the Roots of the Charter-School Movement.

From the article:

Leslie Talbot is a member of the National Charter Collaborative, an organization that “supports singlesite charter-school leaders of color who invest in the hopes and dreams of students through the cultural fabric of their communities.”

“About 90 percent of our charter work is with single-site schools or leaders of color at single sites looking to grow to multiple campuses. We purposely decided to focus on this universe of schools and leaders because they need unique help, and because they don’t have a large CMO behind them. …. There are lots of growth-related strategic-planning and thought-partnering service providers in [our area of consulting].”

And “Single-site charter leaders, especially those of color, often are isolated from these professional development opportunities, in need of help typically provided by consulting practices, and unable to access funding sources that can provide opportunities to tap into either of those resources.”

Read the full article here: Strengthening the Roots of the Charter-School Movement.

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