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FLEX PUBLIC SCHOOLS K12 ACADEMY MT. DIABLO January 2010 Charter Review Criteria: 1.Sound Educational Program 2.Likely to Deliver Educational Program 3.Comprehensive.

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1 FLEX PUBLIC SCHOOLS K12 ACADEMY MT. DIABLO January 2010 Charter Review Criteria: 1.Sound Educational Program 2.Likely to Deliver Educational Program 3.Comprehensive Description of Elements 4.Requisite teacher or other signatures 5.Required affirmations (Ed Code 47605)

2 1. SOUND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (Part 1) Research-based school design: Small and personalized Differentiated instruction Self-paced instruction Rigorous standards Graduation requirements meet University of California a-g admissions requirements

3 SOUND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (Part 2) Curriculum is: Rigorous Aligned to California standards Broad: includes 90 courses Tested: almost 70,000 full-time students and 50,000 part-time students Accredited:

4 Customer satisfaction is very high 95% of Parents Would Recommend the K 12 Curriculum 97% Parent Satisfaction with Curriculum Quality Source:Internal study SOUND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (Part 3)

5 SOUND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (Part 4) INNOVATIVE: In his recent book Disrupting Class, Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen predicted that 50% of American high schools will be online within 10 years.

6 SOUND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (Part 5) INNOVATION: The educational program combines the best of online education (e.g., differentiation, self pacing, increased offerings) with the best of physical schools (e.g. community, sports, activities, etc) Students take online classes at school, with offline work and materials as well. Certified onsite teachers provide personal attention and support for core classes where students have not yet mastered a particular standard.

7 2.LIKELY TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAM (Part 1) Mark Kushner: Lead Petitioner Educational leader with 15 year charter school track record Instructor at Stanford University California Charter Commissioner Former high school teacher, principal, coach, CEO and attorney

8 LIKELY TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAM (Part 2) Flex Public Schools Board: Scott Donahue, Coloma Partners Andrew Gordon, Esq. Duane, Morris David Lichtman, First Republic Bank Catherine Walcott, WestEd Mark Kushner Board and partners have experience in education, law, finance, facilities, charter schools, marketing, enrollment, leadership, assessment, organizational development, and fundraising, among other things

9 LIKELY TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAM (Part 3) Advisors and Partners (Partial List) Paul Minney and Lisa Corr, Charter legal experts Mike Kirst: Stanford professor emeritus and former State Board of Education President Eric Premack: National charter expert, Charter School Development Center Nick Driver, California Charter School Association Stan Cohn, GVA Kidder (Real estate expert) Sean St. Denny: Charter school graduate

10 LIKELY TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAM (Part 4) INTENDED CONTRACTED SERVICE PROVIDER: K12 Inc The leading online provider for K-12 th Graders Partial List of K12s Education Advisors (listed in charter) T homas C. Boysen, Ed.D., school superintendent in three states Benjamin Canada, Ph.D., Texas Association of School Boards and former school superintendent in Portland and Atlanta, and Past President of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). David Driscoll, Ed.D. Former President of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and former MA Commissioner of Education and school district superintendent. Thomas Payzant, Ed.D. Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education and former Superintendent of Boston and San Diego schools Betty Rosa, Ed.D. Former Superintendent of New York City Community School District #8

11 LIKELY TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAM (Part 5) Advisors and Partners (Partial List) Paul Minney and Lisa Corr, Charter legal experts Mike Kirst: Stanford professor emeritus and former State Board of Education President Eric Premack: National charter expert, Charter School Development Center Nick Driver, California Charter School Association Stan Cohn, GVA Kidder (Real estate expert) Sean St. Denny: Charter school graduate

12 3.COMPREHENSIVE DESCRIPTION OF CHARTER ELEMENTS Charter follows state board model Includes all sections referred to in Education code section 47605 Matrix indicates where each section is located

13 4.REQUIRED AFFIRMATIONS All statutory and other affirmations are included in charter petition Ed. Code 47605(d)

14 5. TEACHER SIGNATURES The requisite number of teacher signatures are included

15 INAPPROPRIATE GROUNDS FOR DENIAL Note that financial impact on the district is not a legal ground for denial Grounds for denial (e.g.,not meeting one of the 5 statutory criteria) must be factual and in writing

16 CONCLUSION Please approve the charter: It meets the criteria for approval It will be a wonderful choice for the parents of Mt. Diablo Unified, offering an innovative model and a small, college prep public high school It will serve as a powerful Research and Development platform for the district to create the schools of the future


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