One size fits all is not a good formula for students. Smaller classroom sizes and an environment that caters to students that want to customize their education or have special needs is becoming more and more popular. The statistics confirm the success found in charter schools.
Below is an article from publiccharters.org that describes the challenges and benefits of a charter school. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge so we can partner with you to manage any Accounts Payable and procurement needs at your institution.
Source: theatlantic.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 3/7/2018
One of the humblest school leaders I have met to date—Marcos Martinez, the chief executive officer and founder of Poder Academy—has achieved what few in the state of Wyoming have. Marcos found a way to not only open two of the four public charter schools in the entire state but did so in collaboration with the district, and in a state where over 35 percent of its population lives in a rural community.
Rural schools make up around 27 percent of the public school sector but only 2.6 percent of these schools are charter schools—a major issue when it comes to providing high-quality school options for all students. Wyoming’s charter law ranked 40 out of 44 in the National Alliance’s Measuring up to the Model Law Rankings, needs improvements such as expanding authorizing options, increasing operational autonomy, ensuring equitable operational funding, and access to capital funding within its charter law. Nonetheless, Marcos’ schools, Poder Academy and Poder Academy Secondary School, are thriving. Marcos has experience in education and community development but what got him involved in the charter movement is “closing the achievement gap,” he said when discussing his passion for providing great educational options to families.
Poder Academy schools is a K-5 school located in the community of Cheyenne, a stone’s throw away from Denver, Colorado. The school model is focused on a student’s trajectory to college and beyond. Prior to Poder Academy earning its charter, 12 others attempted to start a charter school in the same community. “What really got us on the right path was our first conversation with the Superintendent. Creating a partnership with the local district was essential to addressing the needs of the community, its families, and the students we serve,” Marcos stated.