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The Buzz About Teacher-Run Schools

Posted on | November 18, 2010 | Comments Off

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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