Charter schools were always meant to solve community challenges: access to learning opportunities, stagnant education models, lack of specialized schools based on student needs. In the two decades since charter schooling first became popularized, have they succeeded?
Language is inherently viral, which is how new phrases enter our lexicon seemingly overnight. It’s true in popular culture (many of us on the team just learned what ‘no cap’ means) and in the socio-political sphere. The term ‘anti-racism’ was not invented in 2020, but its use has gone viral as the way to describe in eleven short characters the work we as individuals and a nation need to do to identify and eliminate racism by changing the systems, structures, policies and practices that protect and promote it.