More than 4,500 educational leaders and policy-makers are in New Orleans this week at the National Alliance for Public Charter School’s annual conference and Knowledge Universe and Champions leaders are there speaking with charter school teachers, school leaders, administrators, and advocates from around the country.
“Public charter schools are a rapidly-growing part of the national education landscape,” said Tom Fitzgerald, Champions’ senior vice president of business development. “Each year about 1,000 new charter schools open their doors to students, and we want to be right there, supporting those schools with before- and after-school programs for their students.”
What sets public charter schools apart from traditional neighborhood public schools is that charter schools are often run by a specific group or organization operating under a charter from the public school district. Charter schools are held to many of the same state and local regulations as public schools, but have greater flexibility in their programs and structure.
“Of Champions’ more than 450 sites nationwide, charter schools are the fastest growing segment of our new business,” said Tom.
KU and Champions leaders traveled to New Orleans this week to showcase Champions programs and meet with current and potential clients at the National Charter School Conference. More than a sponsor of the annual conference, Champions is also proving to be an industry leader with a booth in the conference’s Innovation Alley technology pavilion to highlight the program’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, including the new robotics program.