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Thrive Public School in San Diego is finishing its third year of operation, and things are looking up for the San Diego charter school.
In three years the school grew from 45 students to 460, and next year plans to have about 700 students. Thrive began as a K-8, but this year opened a high school. Its founder, Nicole Tempel Assisi, says she’s welcomed more than 1,000 visitors to Thrive, some coming from as far away as India and England. Most come to check out how the school creates individualized education plans for each student or supports their social-emotional learning, Assisi said.
Individualized instruction is familiar ground to educators. Students with special needs already have it. By blending technology and one-on-one instruction, Thrive takes that approach for all students.
Critics often accuse charter schools of excluding students with special needs. But roughly 16 percent of students Thrive serves have special needs – a higher percentage of special education students than San Diego Unified serves. That, combined with its approach to individualized education plans, has earned the school recognition as a leader in serving students with special needs.
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Sorry Mario, you have joined the Betsy DeVos bandwagon that claims the poor little kids in the ghetto will be better served by leaving the public school system. Wrong. The better question why the people who think "Thrive" could work for their children didn't step up to voice their concerns for their neighborhood schools and obtain money to improve them? Choice is being hoisted on the backs of innocent people who think they will be getting a better deal. When, in fact, the DeVos bunch, including the clueless Shirley Weber, really just want exclusivity for their "constituency".
For DeVos "choice" is merely the vehicle to support racial segregation, prayer, and the denial of science. For Weber, she is just a pawn in a scheme to use poor kids and families.
Mario, public school works. But, it can't work well without the involvement of the community. The new funding highly encourages that participation. The problem with this, as with voting, is that people want things and think everyone else just will know what they want...by spiritual guidance.
Charters do need more oversight:
We also have a Magnolia Charter School here in San Diego:
Serious financial mismanagement:
I am happy Thrive is "thriving" but unfortunately their are to many other discrepancies with other charters that need much higher accountability.
It's unfortunate, but there's a real war between teacher's union and charter schools. It's a zero sum conflict for teachers and the union won't go quietly. Be clear about it - all the union's talk of what's good for kids is bull. The CTA represents teachers, not children.
@Dennis James You are very, very flat wrong. Classrooms do not teach kids, teachers do. And, the full mechanization of teaching is simply not possible. That is, programmed learning on the "net" is just a tool. It simply doesn't work in a wholistic curriculum. Teachers need to be paid. They don't maximize their investments like Wall Street brokers. Ask the Koch brothers the last time they immediately re-invested their profits in America. My bet is they have hidden assets in off shore accounts to avoid the very taxes that help pay for public education. Get real!