Webinar: A New Frontier – Utilizing Charter Schooling to Strengthen Rural Education

As part of 2014 National School Choice Week, Bellwether Education Partners will host a webinar on Thursday, January 30 from 1:00 to 2:15pm (ET) to discuss Andy Smarick’s soon-to-be-released paper on charter schooling in rural America.

In the report “A New Frontier: Utilizing Charter Schooling to Strengthen Rural Education,” Smarick examines the state policies that can hinder or foster the growth of rural charter schools. He examines statutes and regulations in five states with significant rural populations—Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, and Ohio—and brings to light policies and practices that prevent charters from opening in rural communities, constrain access to human capital, and create significant disparities in funding.

Smarick, a partner at Bellwether Education Partners and adviser to the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho, will discuss his findings with a panel of national and state-level policy experts and practitioners. Panelists will include:

  • Jim Griffin, former President of the Colorado League of Charter Schools;
  • Terry Ryan, President of the Idaho Charter School Network and a member of the ROCI task force;
  • Scott Thomson, director of the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy; and
  • Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president of state advocacy and support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Please register for this webinar by clicking on the following link:


The paper will be released in advance, here.

3 thoughts on “Webinar: A New Frontier – Utilizing Charter Schooling to Strengthen Rural Education

  1. By Eileen Ahearn on

    Your webinar conflicts with an all-day event at AEI. Will the webinar be archived and available to view later? I am very interestedin the topic.

    1. By Julie Squire Post author on

      Hi Eileen,

      Yes, the video will be available on the ROCIIdaho.org website a few days after the webinar. Thanks for asking!

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