K–8 Charter Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap
Innovations in Education
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This guide was developed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. Sharon Horn was project director.

An external advisory group provided feedback to refine the study scope, define the selection criteria, and clarify the text. The advisory group members and the position they held at the time the meeting was conducted included: Morgan Brown, director, School Choice and Innovation, Minnesota Department of Education; Robin Lake, associate director, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Alex Medler, director for K–12 Education Policy, Colorado Children’s Campaign; James Merriman, executive director, Charter Schools Institute SUNY; Lisa Grover, executive director, New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools; Karen Rusthoven, principal, Community of Peace Academy; and Elliott Witney, principal, KIPP Academy.

Staff in the Department of Education who provided input and reviewed drafts include Kate Devine, David Dunn, John Fiegel, Steve Fried, Virginia Gentles, Cathy Grimes-Miller, Margaret Guenther, Ellen Kendrick, Dean Kern, Stacy Kreppel, Meredith Miller, and Tiffany Taber.

Representatives of the seven schools participating in the development of this guide and the case studies on which it is based were generous with both their time and attention to this project. We would like to thank those who were instrumental in coordinating and participating in the site visits.

Alain Locke Charter Academy
3141 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Ill. 60612
Lennie Jones, Principal

Amigos Por Vida—Friends For Life
Charter School
5500 El Camino Del Rey, Suite 49
Houston, Tex. 77081
Carlos Villagrana, Principal

Amistad Academy
407 James Street
New Haven, Conn. 06513
Matt Taylor, Director

Carl C. Icahn Charter School
1525 Brook Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10457
Jeffrey Litt, Principal

Cesar Chavez Academy
2500 W. 18th St.
Pueblo, Colo. 81003
Lawrence Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer

The Intergenerational School
12200 Fairhill Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44120
Catherine Whitehouse, Principal-Chief Educator

Pan-American Elementary Charter School
33001 W. Indian School
Phoenix, Ariz. 85017
Marta Pasos, Principal

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