Voice of San Diego set out to determine the person who provoked the most important conversation.
They found that Thrive CEO, Nicole Tempel Assisi, was The Voice for Charter Schools
"It was never Nicole Tempel Assisi’s goal to pick a fight with San Diego Unified. But if the district wanted to tussle, Assisi wasn’t about to back down, either..." read the full story here
It was never Nicole Tempel Assisi’s goal to pick a fight with San Diego Unified. But if the district wanted to tussle, Assisi wasn’t about to back down, either.
Assisi wanted to open a charter school where she could put into practice what she’d picked up working at High Tech High in its early years, and serving as a founding principal at three Los Angeles charter schools.
San Diego Unified staff vetted and greenlighted the school’s charter petition, but in January, school board members bucked their own staff’s recommendation and shot down Assisi’s school.
Assisi appealed to the county, then the state, eventually getting approval from the state Board of Education. In the process, she successfully fended jabs from the same district that once supported it.
Assisi broke open important discussions along the way, like how the district will deal now that it thinks charter schools are nearing a saturation point.
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