Earlier today at the National Press Club in Washington DC, Greg Richmond’s National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the heads of 2 brave state charter school associations announced a new plan to focus on charter school quality (as opposed to growth) called “One Million Lives.”
Was the Illinois Network of Charter Schools a participant?
Long concerned with charter school quality, Richmond (for whom I’ve done a handful of research projects) has New Jersey and California charter associations standing with him, and claims to have support from foundations like Gates that have previously been focused on charter growth rather than charter quality.
A few hours after the event, StudentsFirst announced that it was signing onto the campaign.
Alas, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools wasn’t there, despite almost surely having been invited to participate and having claimed to be concerned with quality and independent from operators.
Neither, for that matter, were charter folks from NY and DC who claim to be quality-oriented.
Take a look at the Huffington Post story on the rollout (Charter School Proponents To Announce Major Focus On Shutting Down Failing Schools).