If there is one universal fact of life for all teachers, it is this: teachers are busy! The list of daily tasks is seemingly infinite: marking papers, planning for the next day, meeting with students, fulfilling lunch duty, and on and on. It’s a testament to the hard work teachers put in every day, but it is also a serious challenge. The busy schedule leaves little time for teachers to work on their own professional development, whether it’s catching up on the latest articles, engaging in peer evaluation, or attending a conference. For some, professional development seems helplessly out of reach.
Guest Blogger: Ember Reichgott Junge
The new numbers on growth of charter schools over the last year exceeded even my expectations. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (www.publiccharters.org) recently released these numbers: 600 new public charter schools opened their doors in September, 2013, for 7% growth in the number of operating public charter schools and 13% growth in public charter school enrollment across the U.S compared to the 2012-13 school year.
Today there are over 2.5 million students attending more than 6,400 public charter schools, with over one million names on waiting lists. Perhaps the most surprising data is 100% growth in charter school enrollment since 2008-2009. None of this was even on our radar screen when we passed the first law back in 1991.
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Tsivya Fox has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Queen’s College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the State University of Oneonta. She has three children and has published a beloved children’s book.