Thursday, April 15, 2010

When the best and the brightest aren't enough

A charter school created and overseen by Stanford University’s School of Education was denied an extension of its charter on Wednesday night after several members of the school board labeled it a failure.

Last month the state placed the charter school, Stanford New School, on its list of persistently lowest-achieving schools. ...

“We’re all in shock,” said Deborah Stipek, dean of the Stanford School of Education and president of the charter school’s board. Starting a new school, Dr. Stipek said, “takes time.”

Yet despite the support of some of the nation’s finest educators, the benefits that a great university can provide and spending $3,000 per student above the state average, Stanford New School was not able to become the national model that the School of Education set out to create in 2001 when it opened its first charter institution. ...

But Stanford New School has the best of credentials. It was founded by Linda Darling-Hammond, a leader in the school reform movement and President Obama’s adviser on education during his transition. Its blueblood board includes Stanford administrators and professors and Silicon Valley royalty with connections to Google and Cisco.
--Carol Pogash, NYT, on irony in East Palo Alto

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