One school in San Diego County went from 17 students in 2000 to over 3800 students in 2006.
The Press-Enterprise reported that businesses and chambers of commerce were looking to charter schools for their employee base. "Public charter schools should be actively supported by local businesses and chambers of commerce in light of the unprecedented need for a highly educated workforce allowing the nation to compete in the global economy" (www.prnewswire.com). It stated that due to the high demand for well-educated employees, businesses and chambers are looking at supporting charter schools to increase their output of qualified applicants because of a downturn in public school students who are prepared "...for further education and jobs of the 21st century" (www.prnewswire.com).
The public school system is doing what they can, but they are severely limited by the mandates of their districts and state. They are doing their best to meet those expectations, but what people are realizing is that there need to be more options available to students so that ALL types of students will be able to succeed. The general public school system works well for certain students, but it doesn't have the resources to meet all of the diverse needs that a community presents. Charter schools are one way that this need can be met.
But I digress...I've got the National Trends section done and am working on the Local Trends. I should be finished with it by the end of the day, depending on the boys.
Next week I have a possible team member coming over to talk with me about what she would like to add to our venture. She is ECE trained and has some background in EL. I am hopeful that this will become my first official crew member.