"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Thursday, September 30, 2010

CMO Update

ICEF, a Los Angeles-based CMO, announced this week that they are in debt in the short- and long-term, and unlikely to meet payroll deadlines.  Philanthropists, including the Broad Foundation, had to raise $3 million to keep the organization afloat.  Mike Piscal, the fiery CEO, will become the academic leader while Caprice Young steps in to right the ship.  Young is a former LAUSD board member, former CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, a current partner (with Tom Vander Ark) at Revolution Learning, and a former DFER board member.  She's done other things, too - that's just a partial list (she's on the Board of Trustees at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, for instance).

Yesterday, Duncan announced $50,000,000 for charter school expansion, including grants to Achievement First, Aspire, KIPP, Eva Moskowitz's Success Network, and a handful of other organizations.  

Not to be outdone, the Charter School Growth Fund announced a new $160,000,000 fundraising campaign.

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