Financial Viability of Some ‘Personalized Learning’ Charter Schools Unclear, Report Says

Financial Viability of Some ‘Personalized Learning’ Charter Schools Unclear, Report Says

Date
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Excerpt from the Education Week piece by Sean Cavanagh:

A group of charter schools that have tried to pioneer “personalized learning” in schools face big questions about the sustainability of their approaches after private sources of funding run dry, a new analysis suggests.

The report, published by the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington, Bothell, examines 16 schools that received support through Next Generation Learning Challenges, a competitive grant program that makes awards to support personalized instructional approaches through technology and other means.

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The non-recurring expenses for the charter schools emphasizing personalized learning “need to come down” if those schools want to succeed long-term, said Betheny Gross, the research director and a senior research analyst at the center and one of the report’s authors. “They need to get to a place where a school doesn’t need private funding to keep going.”

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The report is a “realistic reminder that this work is still very young,” said Gross, “and there’s a lot of exploring, and a lot of pull toward a traditional way of thinking about [how to use] resources in a building.”

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