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The Charter School Model

January 2015 Edition

Charter schools serve as inspiration for colleges seeking more accountability, student-centered approaches and enhanced education delivery

Career College Central Magazine, Jan/Feb 2014

In the United States, there are many options for K-12 education: charter schools, private schools, magnet schools, vouchers, tuition tax credits, home schooling and simply moving your family to a new local public school district. Parents will drive the necessary change to ensure their children are prepared for the unlimited world ahead of them, and in response, public school education is evolving. The change is charter schools. As Career College Central takes a look at higher education in 2015 and beyond, I felt it was important to review the latest developments with charter schools since they are the ideal representation of schools acting to enhance accountability, student-centered approaches and education delivery – all while operating with a for-profit business model. This change is coming at a fantastic and inspirational time in our history. The traditional kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) system is today under attack for being expensive and poorly preparing our children for either college or a career. The United States traditional public education system has become overly focused on the element of accountability at the expense of progress, and our children are not prepared for the world outside of K-12.

Charter schools function on a for-profit mindset with an entrepreneurial approach. In many cases, charter schools operate on about two-thirds of the average funding for a child in a traditional public school.

We champion an accountability-only emphasis on setting targets, yet we do not commit to developing educational systems to ensure our children can meet these targets. The problem is we as a nation have been spending about 85 percent more on public education since 1970, according to Education Week’s cover story, “Charter Schools Grab Rural Toehold.” Common sense tells us the more we spend on public education the better the education should be, and therefore the more prepared our children should be for what comes next in their lives. But it depends who is telling the story. For the most part, school spending between rich and poor school districts across our nation has been balanced over the last 30 years. You can argue that it has not been equally, as the poorer school districts have seen per student spending rise faster than that of the richer school districts. Those poor school districts that have the greater need received the additional money. Yet, both poor and rich school districts have all ended near the same 85 percent increase in spending since 1970, according to the report in Education Week. Education is the greatest expenditure for most towns and clearly an area where cost efficiency is needed. It is no secret towns are struggling to fund the highly publicized antiquated education problem.

The average funding expenditure for traditional public school education in the United States is $12,608 per student as reported by the U.S. Department of Education. The average for charter schools per student is $8,256. To put this into some context, the New Hampshire Department of Education reports the average student funding expenditure is $13,459 as compared to the average. The cost per student at a New Hampshire charter school is $5,495. In many states, funding charter schools has become their cost-saving and educational-improvement strategy. Necessity brings about change, and leading the change are charter schools. The charter school story is fueled by everyday people taking an astonishing interest and driving positive and productive change in K-12 education. Education processes are always in some form of evolutionary change. Today, more than 2.3 million students attend about 6,000 charter schools in 42 states, including the District of Columbia. The waiting list is estimated at a million students, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, a 13.4 percent increase from the preceding year according to Reichgott Junge’s research paper “Charter Schools Are Changing the Landscape. Education is an adaptive evolutionary process that waits for no one, and the charter school performance data is beginning to flow in. Los Angeles charter schools are outperforming charters in California and nationwide. Forty-eight percent of Los Angeles charters outperformed traditional public schools in reading and 44 percent outperformed traditional public schools in math, according to the Education Week report “Charter School Performance in Los Angeles.” In New York City charter schools, 86 percent of all students come from the lowest-income families, 95 percent are African-American or Latino, and 83 percent go to college. In 2012, 15-year-olds attending BASIS Tucson North, a charter school in Arizona, outperformed every country in the world. In the case of many charter schools, flexibility is the key to their success. A great example is the charter school law in New Mexico that allowed a school to design student growth and evaluation plans that helped teachers, students and parents visualize education progress in real time. I asked Kate Baker, Executive Director of the Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO), a New Hampshire K-12 education scholarship organization, if charter schools could have the same funding as traditional K-12 public schools, what would our community’s return on investment be? “I’m thinking about your ROI question from 50,000 feet. In the long run, I expect innovation in education, like at Polaris Charter School of Manchester, New Hampshire, where the curriculum is student-centered and they are utilizing technology and authentic supply and demand,” she said. “[There], parents and students are not trapped by their Zip code, and they have many education options. The average cost of a private elementary in New Hampshire is $6,500 per student, as compared to $13,459 for public school students in New Hampshire.”

Charter schools are designed from the ground up to be academically strong. Charter schools must be fiscally responsible or go out of business; there is no golden government parachute for charter schools. A charter school is a required and viable choice within the traditional public school system. Charter Schools offer parents a high-quality education alternative for their children who may not do as well in a traditional public school. Charter schools are more focused; embody the basics that work; offer instruction in the STEM fields; and stimulate project-based learning for all students that results in quantifiable results toward predetermined, measurable goals. Charter schools function on a for-profit mindset with an entrepreneurial approach. In many cases, charter schools operate on about two-thirds of the average funding for a child in a traditional public school.

The for-profit educational management organizations (EMOs) are developing education miracles in public education and are a fundamental part of charter school transformation across our nation. Miracles” by better preparing our children for the future in an education environment where the normality is spending more on public education and getting less. My research identified that charter schools operated by for-profit models take on a more entrepreneurial approach while providing a higher quality K-12 education. The charter school movement is one of the most efficient self-organizing education models in modern history. An educational efficiency endowed by social-entrepreneurs who refuse to accept the failures of K-12 education – failures that traditional public education shows no capacity to solve.

The charter school advantage

  • Charter schools draw on partnerships within the community to provide services to students.
  • Charter schools support underserved communities.
  • Charter schools drive education innovation.
  • Charter schools reduce bureaucracy.
  • Charter schools promote transparency between the students, teachers and parents involved.
  • Charter schools’ “duty” or “obligation” is equally distributed between students, teachers and parents.

In the charter school world, the greatest advantage is that modern, innovative education revolves around knowledge that students, teachers and parents learn through experience. Perhaps traditional education is evolving to better simulate the spontaneous adaptive nature of the human community it serves. These experiences become the next natural evolutionary level of education, today resulting in education success stories by the power of one inspired student at a time.

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2014

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Futuring Holistic Framework for Business Leaders

Dr. Pietro Savo American WriterFuturing Holistic Framework (FHF) for business leadership’s strategic organizational change is an all encompassing holistic directional change. Directional change is much more than goal setting and trending out or forecasting a business’s objective desired results. When the word holistic comes into play, it must spark relevance instilling a level of research comfort not yet experienced in the business community. Holistic relates to the entire complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into one part, hence, directional change becomes the natural by-product of Futuring Holistic Framework, the study of all parts of a business.

Futuring Holistic Framework reflects and encompasses an entire thought or battery of thoughts that represents a method to invent, develop and implement positive events in the business’s future that come in the form of directional change. What evolves is an all-encompassing mind-set for business learning. With the all-encompassing mind-set, organizational leaders in business combined with academia. This joining provides the means to understand business trends, and predict the future with certain accuracy because this combined involvement contributes to inventing the positive business future guided by a directional change.

Perceived Futuring Holistic Framework mind-set is neither present nor future; it is a simple blending of natural time that moves in directions fueled by the joining of business leaders with academia. Application of Futuring Holistic Framework techniques is wide open, and yet so little of the business’s and academia’s visionaries have ventured there. This venture perhaps will build interest in conducting business in the present; and ultimately the future as well.

Futuring Holistic Framework process is motivational because future business successes evolving from it become successes experience today in the present. Experienced business successes are greatly quantifiable and impact the business’s bottom line. The future is so important, and with great depth what is required to predict it, explore it and change it. The future is in the journey; why not embrace it by encouraging directional change in all directions, one more exciting than the other.

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A Natural Leader vs. Un-Natural Leader Test

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A Natural Leader vs. Un-Natural Leader; it is very straightforward to distinguish the difference between the two:

–A Natural Leader is a leader that people will follow, even if this person does not have granted authority to be the leader.

–An Un-Natural Leader will tell you whatever you want to hear to follow them even when this person has granted authority to be the leader.

Do not over think this; it is that simple.

Now make two columns on a sheet of paper and label the first column “Natural Leader” and the second column “Un-Natural Leader”, then place everyone you know or come in contact with in the appropriate labeled column: you will be amazed at what you discover.

Please e-mail the total quantity from each column. PietroSavoUSA@aol.com

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Common Sense Folks

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We find ourselves wondering if the government is honestly paying attention to the economic experts or the common sense experiences of its citizens.

Common sense seems obvious if you want to simulate job creation the government needs to reduce or eliminate small business taxes. Small businesses in the United States make up over 75% of the new jobs in our economy and this number represents over 99% of all employers. With reduced or eliminated taxes, business owners can invest money back into their business; they can invest in new business markets, invest in new technologies, and invest in honest American job creation.

Reducing or eliminating business taxes is only half the common sense solution, the other half is not spending money our nation does not have. Most Americans budget for what they need and want, and our government needs to learn the same common sense approach to finance. Becoming a nation that is fiscally smart is not a four-letter word. Fiscally smart begins with the government, because common sense folks understand this important lesson.

Common sense folks created this nation, and it appears common sense folks will need to move away from the kings and princes’ the career politicians of the 21st Century. What is interesting is how we have come full circle, and it appears it is 1776 once again. Voting revolutions by the people, is always welcomed in society because they represent positive progress in a political wasteful environment caused by career politicians.

The intent of the founding fathers was a system of citizen politicians made up of common sense folks well-grounded, in reality, and today the financial waste is clearly controlled by the career politicians. The great intellect and scientist Albert Einstein said; “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Common sense folks the voters understand that 2010 the year of the common sense voting revolution!

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The Will of the People

During a conversation with a gentleman I met yesterday, he made a statement that the Democratic Party had become hijacked by the far left liberals and the Democrat moderates and conservatives, the self-proclaimed Democratic Blue Dogs are beyond belief that this has occurred.

It then occurred to me that perhaps the same statement about the Conservative right hijacking the Republican Party is possible. I do agree something has changed with the Republican Party over the past twenty-five years; I would not call it a hijacking, perhaps more resembling a transformation that began with President Ronald Reagan.

However, the Republican Party does not have the community organizing skills we have witnessed on the Democratic Party side, especially during the past presidential election. Today with the various Tea Parties, and the events of 9/12 what we are witnessing once again is a transformation of historical proportions and it is occurring in all directions around America.

It is not clear if one political party should receive the credit for driving this transformation across America, or perhaps simply the credit belongs to “the will of the people”. “The will of the people” always wins over career politicians, the will of the people” has no political boundaries, and “the will of the people” is what our founding fathers intended.

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God and Our Government Do Mix!

Our Founders established the great truth and core values in the Declaration of Independence. President Abraham Lincoln reminded the nation of that great truth contained in the Declaration of Independence when he said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator. The Declaration of Independence appeals to God no less than three times (Source: Declaration of Independence, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address).

The solutions are simple, by God’s Grace; we became the greatest nation on earth. Our employees the politicians that work for us must never lose sight of that Grace. Today we have examples that indeed politicians are losing sight of the importance of God’s grace. An event that took place on April 14, 2009 surrounded by American flags and presidential seals, there was something missing when President Obama’s economic speech at Georgetown University, and that was Jesus. The gold “IHS” monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name in Gaston Hall was covered over (Source: The Washington Times, NBC Washington).

Now it becomes difficult to understand why the National University of the Catholic Church, would ever cover up significant religious art or signage for any reason. Upon the Obama administration’s request, the gold “IHS” monogram was openly disrespected. What the administration did was violate the Georgetown’s freedom of religion because the administration knowingly held their political economic speech in a religious hall. The First Amendment guarantees the Freedom of Religion is an inalienable right. This is not an example of separation of church and state because the president could have held their speech somewhere else. Once the president selected a religious setting, the Obama administration obligated to church rules, not a church over-rule. The second example is President Obama decided against holding a White House National Day of Prayer ceremony. (Source: CNN)

As a concerned citizen my question is, what’s next, will the White House attempt to omit “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance?

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Right People On The Bus Philosophy Is The Wrong Philosophy!

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Getting the “right people on the bus” philosophy is the wrong philosophy. How disappointing history is, business solutions to improving the United States manufacturing industry has not changed in a hundred years. Back in the early 1900s and 1800s the United States went through a similar economic downturn. The root cause was simple, we failed to keep up with technology, and we failed to preserve an educated workforce. We also have lost sight of the markets, combined with a lack of market aggressiveness; we began importing more than we exported which in turn created a devastating imbalance in trade. The historical research to support these statements is simple for anyone to conduct using Google or Yahoo. Therefore, the disappointment comes about from our lack of learning from our past lessons learned, it appears we wasted all this relevant knowledge and are reinventing the wrong wheel.

We have become so focused on getting the “right people on the bus” that we’ve destroyed morale. We as a society have created a negative bearing for employee integrity because the “right people on the bus” mind-set clearly means everyone is just a number. Getting the “right people on the bus” philosophy is the wrong philosophy, because most firms can’t afford to be getting rid of people to make room for the perceived right person. The people left behind become negatively affected by this practice. These people left behind subconsciously fail to thrive, always followed by a succession of updated resumes going out in all directions. Even the top performers now left with a feeling of despair; this is a natural human behavior that adversely affects employee loyalty and performance.

This means, having the “right people on the bus” is not enough: getting the people in the right seat is of greater importance. You can do this by building positive relationships, identifying and focusing on people’s strengths, and exploiting these strengths in a way that everyone wins, and everyone benefits!

“right people on the bus” from Collins, J. (2001). Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. New York: HarperCollins.

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The news media’s responsibility to society is to report the news, not create it!

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The day I met the President of the United States, it was truly a celebration event, he spoke for an hour, no teleprompter, no prepared notes, and what he said that day naturally connected with everyone at the Armory in Manchester New Hampshire. The president was so near, I could look into his eyes, what I saw was the awesome responsibility of the office; can you imagine having the responsibility for an entire nation.

That day he created a genuine kinship with everyone there, everyone listening and everyone seeing a genuine leader. The same President of the United States, the same man the news media brought to trial, judged, and finally convicted.

We often forget the media’s responsibility to society is to report the news, not create it. When the power of the media abuses our nation’s reality for political reason, the entire nation suffers and pays the price. When the news media became the supermarket tabloid, their credibility, became lost forever.

That day when the President of The United States’ approached me, he asked me how he was doing. So impressed by his question, all I could say was “fantastic Mr. President!” Can you imagine a son of an Italian immigrant meeting the President of the United States, with my cell phone in hand; I dialed my Mom and shared the moment with her. On October 5th, 2002, the President of the United States autographed my Presidential Event entry ticket. Today this autograph is still one of my most cherished possessions.

A True Leader

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