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The Buzz About Teacher-Run Schools

Posted on | November 18, 2010 | Comments Off on The Buzz About Teacher-Run Schools

The media have discovered teacher run schools in a big way.  Christine Hoag of the Associated Press wrote about the Woodland Hills Academy in Los Angeles, which converted to a teacher-run school, albeit one with a principal.  Her story has been published throughout the country, and has received substantial attention.  Alan Coverstone wrote a supportive opinion piece in the Nashville Tennessean as did Gera Summerford, president of the Tennessee Education Association.  Hoag’s article as published on the Huffington Post received a large number of comments.  My case study on teacher run schools continues to be available by clicking the link in the next column.

Interestingly,  Woodland Hills Academy exists within the Los Angeles Unified School District, which I believe is rapidly becoming a national model for how a public school district can assemble a portfolio of schools operated in diverse ways.  WHA serves a racially mixed student body, about 30 percent white, 47 percent Latino, with about half the student eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

Thanks to Kim Ferris-Berg for circulating the links.


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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'


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