2006.07.11: July 11, 2006: Headlines: Figures: COS - Swaziland: Business: Internet: Movies: Entrepreneurship: Charter Schools: Santa Cruz Sentinel: Reed Hastings gives $1 million to open charter schools

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Swaziland: Special Report: RPCV Reed Hastings: Reed Hastings: Newest Stories: 2006.07.11: July 11, 2006: Headlines: Figures: COS - Swaziland: Business: Internet: Movies: Entrepreneurship: Charter Schools: Santa Cruz Sentinel: Reed Hastings gives $1 million to open charter schools

By Admin1 (admin) (ppp-70-245-111-210.dsl.okcyok.swbell.net - 70.245.111.210) on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 11:08 am: Edit Post

Reed Hastings gives $1 million to open charter schools

Reed Hastings gives $1 million to open charter schools

"Small schools aren't for everyone but in some kids they work better in terms of academic preparation for college," he said. "The small school focus is particularly true for students who don't get as much academic support at home." Businessman and Internet Visionary Reed Hastings of California, the founder of Netflix, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland.

Reed Hastings gives $1 million to open charter schools

Netflix CEO gives $1 million to open charter schools
By Matt King
Sentinel staff writer

SANTA CRUZ The charter school movement in Santa Cruz County is about to take off.

Seeded with $1 million in start-up funds from Santa Cruz resident and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, founders of the newly formed Beacon Education Network say they want to provide parents with a wide range of public school choice by opening several charter schools in the next few years.

"What we're talking about is increasing the supply and diversity of public school options," Beacon CEO Tom Brown said. "We would like to make it possible for all students, including those who might not consider an elite university experience, to think and learn at high levels and be prepared to enter and succeed in college."

Hastings has a history of school philanthropy. He's invested in school choice programs in Oakland, the Central Valley and Los Angeles, all, he said, with any eye toward expanding school offerings for students who may not thrive in regular schools.

"Small schools aren't for everyone but in some kids they work better in terms of academic preparation for college," he said. "The small school focus is particularly true for students who don't get as much academic support at home."

Charter schools are public schools that are allowed more latitude in curriculum and typically receive less per-pupil funding than traditional public schools. Schools often have a vocational or public service bent to their curriculum.

Brown said Beacon has not yet selected a location for its first school in Santa Cruz County but hopes to open in fall 2007, with more schools to follow in every part of the county. It's not clear yet if Beacon will be an incubator to help schools get started or become a quasi-school district that maintains constant oversight of new charters.

"We may bless them and let them go free," Beacon co-founder James Reinhart said. "We do think there is some expertise we could lend to make schools run as effectively as possible."

Santa Cruz County has 11 charter schools. Most of the 574 charter schools that have opened in California since 1992 have focused on helping students who are doing poorly in regular schools. But lately, charter high schools have begun to resemble private prep schools in course offerings and attitude. Brown said Beacon schools will be modeled closely on Pacific Collegiate School, the successful and controversial Santa Cruz school. Brown, Reinhart and Hastings all have roots in Pacific Collegiate.

"I think with what PCS has done, there's huge demand for small, personalized, high expectation learning communities and we're trying to help fill that demand," Brown said.

Pacific Collegiate has about 400 students, a waiting list equally as large, and is considering opening a new campus.

Tim Dreszer's teenage son is on the Pacific Collegiate wait list. In the meantime, he's attending a private high school. Dreszer said he thinks his children do better in smaller, specialized schools.

"I think public schools only go so far," he said. "Kids rise to the expectations that people have of them and like to rise to expectations. I think public schools have generally low expectations."

Charter schools affect district budgets because the district loses state funding for the students enrolled in charter schools, even if the charter is held by the district. When Pacific Collegiate opened, it was chartered not by Santa Cruz City Schools, but the county Office of Education.

Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Alan Pagano said that the district declined to sponsor Pacific Collegiate because the school doesn't reflect the economic and ethnic make-up of the city, a criticism the school accepts. Pagano said Monday he wants to be involved with charter expansion in the city but the district will hold the same firm line on new schools. "Part of what fuels the charter movement is an incomplete understanding about what the district already provides," Pagano said. "Charters are also public schools and they need to be good stewards of the communities in which they exist. ... That's why charters need to look like the communities in which they exist."

Reinhart said drawing more minorities and low-income students to charter schools is why Beacon was created.

"One of the chief aims of Beacon is to extend access to students who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity for rigorous college prep training," Reinhart said. "By opening new schools you add to the opportunities available in Santa Cruz County."

Contact Matt King at mking@santacruzsentinel.com.





When this story was posted in July 2006, this was on the front page of PCOL:


Contact PCOLBulletin BoardRegisterSearch PCOLWhat's New?

Peace Corps Online The Independent News Forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Jody Olsen is acting Peace Corps Director Date: June 30 2006 No: 920 Jody Olsen is acting Peace Corps Director
The Senate confirmed Gaddi Vasquez to head the FAO on June 30. Jody Olsen will be acting Director until the President makes a permanent appointment. Olsen has been Deputy Director of the Peace Corps since 2002. She has previously served as Chief of Staff for two directors, as regional director for North Africa, Near East, and Asia and the Pacific, and as country director in Togo. She served in Tunisia as a PCV.

Top Stories and Breaking News PCOL Magazine Peace Corps Library RPCV Directory Sign Up

The Peace Corps Library Date: February 24 2006 No: 798 The Peace Corps Library
The Peace Corps Library is now available online with over 40,000 index entries in 500 categories. Looking for a Returned Volunteer? Check our RPCV Directory. New: Sign up to receive PCOL Magazine, our free Monthly Magazine by email. Like to keep up with Peace Corps news as it happens? Sign up to recieve a daily summary of Peace Corps stories from around the world.

Changing the Face of Hunger Date: June 28 2006 No: 915 Changing the Face of Hunger
In his new book, Former Congressman Tony Hall (RPCV Thailand) says humanitarian aid is the most potent weapon the United States can deploy against terrorism. An evangelical Christian, he is a big believer in faith-based organizations in the fight against hunger. Members of Congress have recently recommended that Hall be appointed special envoy to Sudan to focus on ending the genocide in Darfur.

PC will not return to East Timor in 2006 Date: June 8 2006 No: 913 PC will not return to East Timor in 2006
Volunteers serving in East Timor have safely left the country as a result of the recent civil unrest and government instability. Latest: The Peace Corps has informed us that at this time, the Peace Corps has no plans to re-enter the country in 2006. The Peace Corps recently sent a letter offering eligible volunteers the opportunity to reinstate their service in another country.

Chris Dodd considers run for the White House Date: June 3 2006 No: 903 Chris Dodd considers run for the White House
Senator Chris Dodd plans to spend the next six to eight months raising money and reaching out to Democrats around the country to gauge his viability as a candidate. Just how far Dodd can go depends largely on his ability to reach Democrats looking for an alternative to Hillary Clinton. PCOL Comment: Dodd served as a Volunteer in the Dominican Republic and has been one of the strongest supporters of the Peace Corps in Congress.

The RPCV who wrote about Ben Hogan Date: June 6 2006 No: 912 The RPCV who wrote about Ben Hogan
Probably no RPCV has done more to further the Third Goal of the Peace Corps than John Coyne with the Peace Corps Writers web site and newsletter that he and Marian Haley Beil have produced since 1989. Now John returns to writing about his first love - golf in "The Caddie who knew Ben Hogan." Read an excerpt from his novel, an interview with the author and a schedule of his book readings in Maryland and DC this week.

Vasquez testifies before Senate Committee Date: June 3 2006 No: 905 Vasquez testifies before Senate Committee
Director Vasquez testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his nomination as the new Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture replacing Tony Hall. He has been the third longest serving Peace Corps Director after Loret Ruppe Miller and Sargent Shriver. PCOL Comment: Read our thanks to Director Vasquez for his service to the Peace Corps.

First Amendment Watch Date: May 4 2006 No: 883 First Amendment Watch
Maine Web Report hit with Federal Lawsuit
Website wins trademark suit against Jerry Falwell

Interview with a Hit Man Date: April 25 2006 No: 880 Interview with a Hit Man
RPCV John Perkins says that for many years he was an "economic hit man" in the world of international finance whose primary job was to convince less developed countries to accept multibillion dollar loans for infrastructure projects that left the recipient countries wallowing in debt and highly vulnerable to outside political and commercial interests. In this exclusive interview for "Peace Corps Online," Colombia RPCV Joanne Roll, author of Remember with Honor, talks to Perkins about his Peace Corps service, his relation with the NSA, "colonization" in Ecuador, the consequences of his work, why he decided to speak out, and what his hopes are for change.

PC Program in Chad temporarily suspended Date: April 14 2006 No: 872 PC Program in Chad temporarily suspended
Director Vasquez announced the temporary suspension of the Peace Corps program in Chad on April 14 and that all 29 Peace Corps volunteers have left the country. With a program dating back forty years (See Page 4 of the April 1966 "Peace Corps Volunteer"), RPCVs hope that volunteers can return to Chad as soon as the situation has stabilized. Congratulations to the Peace Corps for handling the suspension quickly and professionally.

Peace Corps stonewalls on FOIA request Date: April 12 2006 No: 869 Peace Corps stonewalls on FOIA request
The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that Peace Corps has blocked their request for information on the Volkart case. "After the Tidings requested information pertaining to why Volkart was denied the position on March 2 the newspaper received a letter from the Peace Corps FOIA officer stating the requested information was protected under an exemption of the act." The Dayton Daily News had similar problems with FOIA requests for their award winning series on Volunteer Safety and Security.

PCOL readership increases 100% Date: April 3 2006 No: 853 PCOL readership increases 100%
Monthly readership on "Peace Corps Online" has increased in the past twelve months to 350,000 visitors - over eleven thousand every day - a 100% increase since this time last year. Thanks again, RPCVs and Friends of the Peace Corps, for making PCOL your source of information for the Peace Corps community. And thanks for supporting the Peace Corps Library and History of the Peace Corps. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come.

History of the Peace Corps Date: March 18 2006 No: 834 History of the Peace Corps
PCOL is proud to announce that Phase One of the "History of the Peace Corps" is now available online. This installment includes over 5,000 pages of primary source documents from the archives of the Peace Corps including every issue of "Peace Corps News," "Peace Corps Times," "Peace Corps Volunteer," "Action Update," and every annual report of the Peace Corps to Congress since 1961. "Ask Not" is an ongoing project. Read how you can help.

RPCV admits to abuse while in Peace Corps Date: February 3 2006 No: 780 RPCV admits to abuse while in Peace Corps
Timothy Ronald Obert has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor in Costa Rica while serving there as a Peace Corps volunteer. "The Peace Corps has a zero tolerance policy for misconduct that violates the law or standards of conduct established by the Peace Corps," said Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez. Could inadequate screening have been partly to blame? Mr. Obert's resume, which he had submitted to the Peace Corps in support of his application to become a Peace Corps Volunteer, showed that he had repeatedly sought and obtained positions working with underprivileged children. Read what RPCVs have to say about this case.

Military Option sparks concerns Date: January 3 2006 No: 773 Military Option sparks concerns
The U.S. military, struggling to fill its voluntary ranks, is allowing recruits to meet part of their reserve military obligations after active duty by serving in the Peace Corps. Read why there is opposition to the program among RPCVs. Director Vasquez says the agency has a long history of accepting qualified applicants who are in inactive military status. John Coyne says "Not only no, but hell no!" and RPCV Chris Matthews leads the debate on "Hardball." Avi Spiegel says Peace Corps is not the place for soldiers while Coleman McCarthy says to Welcome Soldiers to the Peace Corps. Read our poll results. Latest: Congress passed a bill on December 22 including language to remove Peace Corps from the National Call to Service (NCS) military recruitment program

Why blurring the lines puts PCVs in danger Date: October 22 2005 No: 738 Why blurring the lines puts PCVs in danger
When the National Call to Service legislation was amended to include Peace Corps in December of 2002, this country had not yet invaded Iraq and was not in prolonged military engagement in the Middle East, as it is now. Read the story of how one volunteer spent three years in captivity from 1976 to 1980 as the hostage of a insurrection group in Colombia in Joanne Marie Roll's op-ed on why this legislation may put soldier/PCVs in the same kind of danger. Latest: Read the ongoing dialog on the subject.


Read the stories and leave your comments.






Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; Figures; COS - Swaziland; Business; Internet; Movies; Entrepreneurship; Charter Schools

PCOL33683
92


Add a Message


This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.
Username:  
Password:
E-mail: