Friday, July 4, 2008

Private with a Public Purpose

Having been raised in public education through college and having worked in independent schools for my entire career, I continually bump into independent school parents and colleagues who are drawn to supporting public schools.

Rob DeBlois chose to open an independent public school (precursor to the charter school movement) in Rhode Island. The Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program, established in 1989 and situated in Providence, serves middle school students. The school’s goal is to care for those students who need a second chance. Michael Brosnan’s book, Against the Current, tells the story of this truly remarkable school and the man who founded the school.

Please click over to “Accelerating America” and watch the seven minute trailer of this powerful documentary.

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