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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

VIDEO: San Francisco's Most Controversial Charter School Enters New Era

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 1:50 PM


Edison Charter Academy has a storied history in San Francisco.

It was the woefully underperforming Noe Valley elementary school throughout the '90s. Then-Superintendent Bill Rojas stirred controversy when he handed it over to Edison Schools, Inc., a for-profit company that pledged to take over failing city schools. Edison claimed to educate kids better than the school district could -- and make a profit from it.  

Following schools across the country who have left for-profit management, Edison broke free from the company last year, as we write about in today's cover story, "Schoolhouse Rocked." In large part, the charge to break away was led by Bonnie Senteno, a parent who went on to become the president of the charter academy's board. 

In our video, Senteno explains why the school decided to boot its out-of-town for-profit managers, and how the school is attempting to redefine its reputation in San Francisco. 

Check out the video below:

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