Ember Reichgott Junge, the author of the book Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story, discussed her efforts to establish the nation’s first charter school at the School of Education’s conference on “Charter School Policies and Leadership: Shaping the Next 20 Years”.
Junge, a state senator at the time, sponsored the legislation establishing the first school in Minnesota in 1992. Today, more than 2 million students attend 5,000 charters schools in 41 states and another 600,000 are on waiting lists.The two-day conference attracted policy makers, school operators, educators and researchers. The discussion focused on what has been learned and how to make schools better.
(All photos by Will Kirk/Homewood Photo)