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Back in 1991, I was sitting in a CEO's office in Los Angeles when a young lady named Wendy Kopp was making a pitch for something called Teach for America. Her idea was to engage some of the nation's best and brightest college students upon their graduation from undergrad into giving back to society by teaching in some of the nation's toughest inner city public schools. The Princeton grad was very persuasive, but I didn't hear too much more after that meeting and I went on to do battle for children wanting choices and access to better schools period.

My battles eventually led me to starting the GEO Foundation in 1998 and in 2001, we started one of Indiana's first public charter schools. Today, we support four public charter schools (3 in Indiana and 1 in Colorado Springs).

21st Century Charter holds college fair

on Thursday, 30 September 2010

On September 30th, 2010, 21st Century Charter School at Gary welcomed twelve colleges and the National Guard and United States Army into our school for a 6th-12th grades college fair. The following twelve colleges provided our students with valuable information regarding their programs and opportunities:

Gary Mayor Rudy Clay visited 21st Century Charter School to speak to the student body on Monday, August 30th. With more than 370 students in the gym, from kindergarten to twelfth grade, the Mayor emphasized the importance of literacy, encouraged students to graduate and become successful, and ended with a question-and-answer session.

Faced with growing demand for technology in the classroom and growing costs, three Indiana public charter schools found a new Indiana-based start up company that could deliver the product they needed and at the right price. As a result, all three schools were able to afford more technology in the classroom.

This year, Fall Creek Academy, Fountain Square Academy and the 21st Century Charter School@Gary needed, servers, hard drive storage space and a system that will allow the three schools to update their software needs at each student’s desk on a moment’s notice and to do so in an economical and efficient manner. ey found Scale Computing.

Scale Computing recently received a $2.

Brandon Thomas-Pleasant, 18, would be a prime candidate.

Thomas-Pleasant is a high school senior at the 21st Century Charter Schools in Gary and also attends Ivy Tech Community College Northwest and Indiana University Northwest.

Most students find high school alone challenging, but Thomas-Pleasant has higher goals. He knew he could save money and be further ahead once he entered college by taking some college classes while in high school.

GEO Foundation and its 21st Century Charter School @ Gary school board broke ground in Gary, Indiana on the latest of three new GEO charter schools to open this fall. The 30,500 square foot building, constructed by Bouma Corporation, will eventually house a K-12 school. This year, we will serve 300 students from the Gary area. We have more than 100 students on our waiting list. And that is before our building goes up.

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