Press Releases | December 4, 2015

The Mind Trust to present report on charter school innovation during Congressional discussion series in Washington

Indianapolis – The Mind Trust will take part in a Congressional discussion next week to present its report, Raising the Bar: Why Public Charter Schools Must Become Even More Innovative, which issued a national call to action for more innovation in U.S. charter schools and recommended steps various stakeholders should take to foster more creative thinking to make the charter school sector better, broader and bigger.

The session is sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

What: Encouraging Continued Charter School Innovation

When: Monday, December 7 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Where: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

Lauren Camera, national education reporter, U.S. News & World Report
Steve Campbell, vice president, The Mind Trust
Carlie Fisherow, executive director, DC Scholar Academies
Jon Rosenberg, president & CEO, Hebrew Charter School Center
Jessica Wodatch, executive director, Two Rivers Charter School

The report was a joint effort between The Mind Trust and Public Impact, a national education policy and management consulting organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

It found that while charter schools have dramatically improved public school opportunities for American families over the last quarter century – particularly for urban students and students of color – most charters continue to look fairly similar to the schools Americans have attended for generations. Moreover about 1 million students are on waiting lists nationwide, and too many students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, rural students and at-risk youth, remain underserved by traditional and charter schools.

The report calls on school operators, funders, policymakers and city-based organizations such as The Mind Trust to create conditions that promote innovative thinking and ideas that can keep charter schools on the cutting edge of public education and allow them to serve more kids.

The Mind Trust is a nonprofit that strives to give every Indianapolis student access to an excellent, high-quality public school. It recruits talented organizations and educators to work in and serve local public schools and launches new, innovative and high-quality public schools in Indianapolis. The Mind Trust has impacted more than 132,000 Indianapolis public school students and raised $50 million to bring innovative ideas into local classrooms.