Reforming education and energy use.
In many ways, charter schools are leading education reform in America. Because charter schools are generally granted more flexibility than regular schools, they can often develop more innovative programs. Charters are accountable to their authorizers for results, but are free to try different ways of helping students achieve at higher levels.
We’ve seen this innovation first-hand in California. Through the use of Proposition 39 funding, we’ve worked with close to 50 charter schools to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, while engaging students in the process.
In public school districts, there’s usually a divide between the facilities and educational teams. But with charter schools, there’s often more organizational collaboration. This “collaborative attitude” is exactly what’s needed to turn energy projects into learning opportunities.