Adult Public Charter Schools
Submitted by David J. Rosen on November 2, 2015 - 6:34am
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Today we begin a week-long discussion about adult (including young adult) public charter schools.
Over the past few years I have observed a pattern of expansion of adult public charter schools. There are now adult public charter schools planned or operating in at least the District of Columbia, Arizona, Arkansas (planned for 2016), California, Colorado, Indiana, New Hampshire (planned for 2015 as a New Hampshire and national online option for adults, but with a fee required), New Mexico, Nevada, Tennessee, and Texas. Most are in California and D.C., but there is some expansion in other states, as well.
One purpose of our discussion this week is to look at the opportunities and challenges for adult education program managers, teachers and others who may be considering applying to become charter schools. It may also be useful to look at broader implications of public adult charter schools for public education, including public adult basic skills education.
I would like to begin the discussion today by inviting our guest experts to introduce themselves. I hope that as part of their introduction our panelists who are managers of adult charter schools will describe their experience as an adult charter school administrator and/or advocate, describe their adult charter school (location, population served, mission or vision, number of years operating, etc.) and explain if they or their colleagues created an adult charter school from scratch, or if their existing adult basic skills/English language program had applied to become an adult charter school.
I would also like to invite other participants in the discussion to begin to post their questions now for our panelists to begin to answer tomorrow and throughout the week. If there are other participants in the discussion, in addition to our invited panelists, who have experience in creating and/or operating adult public charter schools, I hope we may benefit from their thinking and experience, too.
David J. Rosen
Moderator, Program Management Community of Practice