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Thursday, March 24, 2011

"The model is a business design, not an educational program..."

If the Ravenswood City School District school board agrees with the district's superintendent, it looks like one Rocketship won't be launching in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park anytime soon.
Rocketship Education, praised for its reliance on cheap labor "hybrid" model and funded in part by the Broad Foundation, was hammered for their "unsound education program".
From Palo Alto Weekly's Chris Kenrick:
The superintendent of East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School Districthas recommended denial of an application by a high-performing charter school operator to open a campus in East Palo Alto.
Superintendent Maria De La Vega said the application, by Rocketship Education, presents an "unsound educational program," which is poorly described in its 368-page charter petition, and that Rocketship is "demonstrably unlikely to successfully implement" the program it proposes.
Ravenswood trustees are scheduled to vote on Rocketship's petition in ameeting Thursday night (March 24) at 7:30 p.m. in the Costano School gymnasium, 2695 Fordham St., East Palo Alto.
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