Adam Reid came by Wanderers @ Linus Pauling House last night, and filled us in re his team's new startup, now open and recruiting.
Adam is managing student enrollment, whereas one of the founding partners is screening for five faculty posts. They got over 250 applications from all over the country and have narrowed the field to a few remaining candidates.
The science teacher was just recently hired, based in part on the strength of her live presentation.
Some interesting features of this school:
1) Although a charter, the school is completely non-adversarial versus the existing public system, and makes clear its goal is to help, not hurt, the system's image and reputation (enrollment statistics and demographics already make that case). KOREducators distinguish their rhetoric from the far right's on this score. This Stanford-educated team is not the enemy of public schooling in any sense. The new charter is, after all, a public school.
2) Because it's close to an airport, they've contracted with one of the industrial kitchen airline suppliers to provide them with meals. The consensus: airplane food is still somewhat better than the average high school food, although oldsters can remember a time when it was *way* better.
3) The curriculum is heavily technology based and vested in open source, although Windows computers will not be overly discriminated against, given their TCP/IP-based interoperability (thanks in some degree to FreeBSD) and the need to simulate real world working conditions.
I could go on and on, but not everyone cares about our local innovations.
The Silicon Forest is geographically very distant from the USA's northeast corridor for example.
However, if our knowledge-based economy continues to flourish (Portland is all cranes and new buildings these days), we'll likely be the target of more press, when it comes to trailblazing new ways of producing tomorrow's brands of enlightened citizenry.