Spent an amazing day touring Brighter Choice schools in Albany–the best example of high charter market share and high quality.  Brighter Choice serves about 25% of Albany public school students and that will grow to more than 40% as approved schools achieve full enrollment.  Of particular note:

  • Most of the BC schools are single sex schools–they’ll soon have full K-12 feeder–and they are quite intentional about taking advantage of the benefits
  • Great example of ‘No Excuses’ environment with strong college press, positive behavior management, long day/year, and data-driven instruction
  • Sophisticated facilities financing including construction, mezzanine, and take out mechanisms yielding all great cost effective new/renovated facilities for all schools
  • Smart government and parent relations activities

If you get a chance, Brighter Choice is worth a visit.

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.


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