Charter schools are those that are able to take in funding from both governmental and private sources. However, another characteristic of this nuance that more firmly sets them apart is the ability for charter schools to not adhere to rules and guidelines set forth by local school boards. Many low-income schools are represented unfairly by school boards when they make rules that best serve the larger, more well-established schools in the area.
Rocketship Education is a line of public charter schools that has nearly twenty locations in the United States – as far west as its home state of California, all the way east to the nation’s capital, Washington DC. The nonprofit organization has partnered with the likes of Andre Agassi, even, to start a school in the Washington DC area.
Many people know Rocketship Education – or RSED, for short – as the sole pioneer in personalized learning, in which the time spent at school by students is chunked up approximately five-sixths’ day to one-sixths’ day, referring to the proportion of time spent in general classrooms to that of personalized learning time, respectively.
While it’s no secret that public schools are often not as prestigious as their private counterparts, parents and students that attend public schools should be truly proud of their public school enrollment. Rocketship Education has proven that it’s more than possible for a public school – or eighteen of them – to perform more effectively than nearby private schools. This should be enough fuel for everyone involved to publicly display their love for public systems.
Teachers should be willing to put in more hours at Rocketship Education than they would at any other school. It’s entirely acceptable to not be willing to put in more than a full work week, every week, at a school like Rocketship Education. However, RSED wants its students to perform well on tests and retain knowledge. A great way to ensure teachers are of “RSED material” is to have the parents of students or former students interview teachers. This helps ensure no bad apples make their rounds within Rocketship Education, ensuring only the most dedicated gain entry.