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High Standards for Financial Stewardship Are Essential for Charter School Success

By | 2017-11-30T05:13:42+00:00 December 21st, 2016|

High Standards for Financial Stewardship Are Essential for Charter School Success Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | Safal Partners Simply put, charter school governing boards and authorizers need to take responsibility for strong oversight of financial matters. This means appropriately overseeing a school’s financial operations, including responsible budgeting, financial controls, and procedures, as well [...]

Case Study: Charter Schools Intentionally Designed to Serve Diverse Students and Families

By | 2018-01-10T03:56:34+00:00 December 15th, 2016|

This case study features Valor Collegiate Academies, an intentionally diverse charter management organization (CMO) that operates two high-performing charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Valor opened its first school in 2014-15 with a mission to serve a diverse student body and has made many decisions through its founding and operation to achieve that mission. Valor [...]

Luis Elizondo-Thomson

By | 2017-06-22T19:15:35+00:00 November 19th, 2016|

Luis serves as Senior Director at Safal Partners. Previously, Luis served Teach for America (TFA) from 2013 through 2016 as the Houston Executive Director, leading one of the largest and most tenured regions in the country.  His previous experience includes 5 years as an investment banker specializing in infrastructure finance and several years [...]

The New Model Law: A Tool for Advancing a Strong Charter School Sector

By | 2017-11-30T05:12:05+00:00 October 12th, 2016|

The New Model Law: A Tool for Advancing a Strong Charter School Sector Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | Safal Partners The charter school movement includes a lot of very reasonable people. Case in point, last week the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the latest version of the model charter school law. Like its predecessor, [...]

Cynthia Brennan-Jones, Ed.D.

By | 2017-09-11T15:49:46+00:00 September 11th, 2016|

Dr. Brennan-Jones is an accomplished and committed educator with a proven track record in curriculum development and instructional design. As a curriculum developer and as a classroom instructor, she has successfully integrated effective e-learning technologies, best practices, CTE, Career Pathways, and learning styles into face-to-face, blended, and online curriculum and instruction. Her interest and expertise [...]

How Charter School Leaders Improved Their Approaches to Discipline

By | 2017-11-30T05:09:32+00:00 August 29th, 2016|

How Charter School Leaders Improved Their Approaches to Discipline Monday, August 29, 2016 | Safal Partners In the debate about charter school discipline, the voices of people who work in charter schools deserve more attention. Many charter school leaders have improved their approach to discipline to help more kids learn while reducing exclusionary [...]

Considering Discipline as a Student Outcome Could Change the Debate

By | 2017-07-06T19:01:55+00:00 August 24th, 2016|

Much of the conflict over school discipline stems from whether you treat student discipline as a school practice or a student outcome. Discipline has parts of both. We should treat the parts differently. The charter concept has two related assumptions: autonomy and accountability. Like most aspects of schooling, charter schools should have autonomy to control their disciplinary practices while authorizers [...]

When It Comes to Choice, Small Grants Can Make a Big Difference

By | 2017-07-06T19:09:45+00:00 May 13th, 2016|

I nominate one of the smallest pieces of the ESSA as a potential high-leverage point for choice. Hidden in the Charter School Program (CSP) amid language shaping the grants administered by State Education Agencies (SEAs) is a little provision that could eventually lead to big changes regarding school choice. States can now spend 7 [...]

Mahua Majumdar

By | 2017-06-13T20:23:47+00:00 June 12th, 2014|

Mahua has diverse professional experience ranging from project management to financial valuation and audit, in the construction, utility & infrastructure and waste management industry. Prior to joining Safal, she served as a Consultant with Deloitte’s Transaction and Business Analysis Service. While at Deloitte, she received a Merit Award recognizing her contribution to the [...]