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Charter schools have a friend in Don Shalvey

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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2009 10:00 pm

Ten years ago, Don Shalvey and Reed Hastings set out to create an organization that would generate high-performing charter schools and improve the quality of education to those who may be less served in public school.

Now with more than 21 schools and a 95 percent college acceptance rate - compared to just 6 percent from the neighborhoods where the schools are located, according to Shalvey - Aspire Public Schools is ready to grow 50 more schools.

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  • posted at 8:18 pm on Mon, Apr 20, 2009.


    My parents were both a graduate of this school. Charter schools are new, innovative public schools that are accountable for student results. They are designed to deliver programs tailored to educational excellence and the needs of the communities they serve.

  • posted at 7:07 pm on Mon, Apr 20, 2009.


    My youngest daughter graduated from Ben Holt Academy, and she speaks very highly of Mr. Shalvey. She graduated, and transferred to University as a Sophomore, with her education at the high school. We were honored to have known him. Aspire will miss you, Don. Hope to see you come back from time to time, at graduations.

  • posted at 5:48 am on Mon, Apr 20, 2009.


    Don will be greatly missed by all at Aspire. He will do wonders for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • posted at 5:26 am on Mon, Apr 20, 2009.


    I worked with Don for many years. He is a great guy.Congrats Don on your new job.

  • posted at 4:50 am on Mon, Apr 20, 2009.


    Shalvey says: "At the simplest explanation, charter schools offer maximum flexibility and accountability."I would add: Charter schools also brings a healthy dose of competition into the educational marketplace. At present, Lodi Unified School District is a monopoly that offers no innovation, flexibility or accountability. L.U.S.D. has taken the position that they will not agree to have anymore charter schools within the District's boundaries. I wonder why?



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