~ we are leaping into the year 2021 with motivation lead by Prosperity and Purpose! We are seeking to create more partnerships that will yield us the opportunity to expand our staff and deepen the footprint of our work across the state. We are incredibly excited to have received a $25,000.00 Grant from the Best Buy Foundation to launch “Closing the Gap Phase II”! Phase II is going to afford us the opportunity to purchase additional devices to give away to support remote/virtual learning, create safe space sites for students to access internet services and support families financially with in-home internet [...]
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What Does School Choice Mean? The term “school choice” means giving parents the power and opportunity to choose the schools their children attend. Traditionally, children are assigned to a public school according to where they live. People of greater economic means already have school choice, because they can afford to move to an area with high quality public schools, or to enroll their children in private schools. Parents without such means, until recently, generally had no school choices, and had to send their children to the schools assigned to them by the district, regardless of the schools’ quality or appropriateness for [...]
Updated Sep 08, 2020; Posted Sep 08, 2020 By Trisha Powell Crain | firstname.lastname@example.org Alabama families waiting for vouchers to cover internet service should find them in their mailboxes not later than the end of this week, according to the agency handling the voucher program, called Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students. “As of (Sept. 4), all 250,000 letters have been mailed out to families with children enrolled in the National School Lunch Program but it will take a few days for all of them to land in mailboxes,” according to Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Communication Chief Mike Presley. [...]
WHAT IS SCHOOL CHOICE? School choice is the process of allowing every family to choose the K-12 educational options that best fit their children. These options include all forms of education, from traditional public schools, to public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. Every child deserves an effective, challenging, and motivating education. Because each student has their own unique set of talents, interests, and challenges, a variety of options in education is crucial. School choice ensures that each student can find a learning environment that allows them to be inspired, successful, and happy. Types of Schools [...]
What Is A Charter School? Charter Schools are schools of choice: choice to parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Parents and students get to choose to enroll in a school that may offer a unique learning environment, such as a school whose science classes are conducted in the field, or offer alternative learning methodologies, such as a specialization in arts education. Teachers and administrators have more authority to make decisions than most traditional public schools. Basically, these schools are free from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools tend to be small schools, with a median enrollment [...]
This is an objective video comparing the difference between charter schools and public schools. It compares areas such as its origin, admission, funding, structure, curriculum, and current statistics.
Reimagining Education: One school, one classroom, one student at a time Charter schools are independently-operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs. All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer – usually a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university – that holds them accountable to the high standards outlined in their “charter.” It is common to see charter schools led by former teachers who wanted to take the lessons they learned in the classroom and apply those lessons to an entire school. Each of the more than 7,000 charter schools [...]
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN SELECTING A SCHOOL As you begin exploring schools for your child, you begin to realize that you have dozens of options. And they are all a little different. Start with a very basic strategy, a game plan if you will. Let's look at what really matters when it comes to choosing a school for your child. 1. Consider your child and your family 2. Learn more about available schools 3. Visit and observe schools 4. Your child’s needs: physical, emotional and learning needs 5. Your child’s learning style 6. Location of the school
TEN THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A SCHOOL! Choosing the right school for your child can be an overwhelming prospect. After all, the choices you make early on can have a significant impact later. Elementary schools often feed to particular middle schools, which in turn feed to particular high schools. And once one sibling starts down an educational path, subsequent siblings are likely to follow. With open enrollment available in some form in every state — and with an increasingly broad range of other school choice options — families have more educational decisions to make than ever before. 1. HIGH EXPECTATIONS 2. ENGAGEMENT AND BUSY [...]