Chatting About Charters
For those with an interest in charter schools, I'm scheduled to be among the guests this coming Monday on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, a public radio program in Washington, to discuss the growing sector, which has an especially large presence in the nation's capital. (Before taking on the curriculum beat at Education Week, I spent several years covering charter schools.)
Here's the official blurb about the Feb. 15 edition from WAMU's Web site:
"Top area charter schools are moving beyond the basics of elementary and middle school curricula to include Chinese immersion, an extended schoolday and Saturday parent programs. Some think these schools should be models for all public education, while others question methods and results. We explore the lessons charters can teach."
The other guests on the program are:
• Mary Shaffner, the founding executive director of Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School; and
• Sarah Campbell, the chief academic officer for KIPP DC Public Charter School.
If you want to check it out, you can listen in at wamu.org. The show starts at noon.