As Public Impact continues our Opportunity Culture quest to reach more students with great teachers, we’re seeing both district and charter schools come on board. In the charter sector, a disproportionate amount of activity is by new charter school organizations.
But these new school providers can’t just ask the school next door—or even the charter school next door—how to make reach models that combine job redesign and technology successful for students and teachers. They need each other. So we formed the national Opportunity Culture Charter School Network.
The network’s four founding members are Foundations College Prep in Chicago, Ingenuity Prep in Washington, D.C., Touchstone Education in Newark, N.J., and Venture Academy in Minneapolis. Each will start as a single school, with hopes for big growth. After they establish success with students, they collectively plan to scale up to serve tens of thousands of students. They join more established charter networks, such as Rocketship Education, already engaged in extending the reach of teachers, and paying more, without increasing instructional group sizes.
These new-start schools want great student learning, and they want to be free from permanent dependence on philanthropy to close charter funding gaps. School founders are open to financially sustainable school models that extend the reach of excellent teachers, pay teachers more, and turbocharge teacher development.