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Steve Jobs’ widow grants 2 LA teachers $10 million to start charter school for homeless and foster youth

LA School Report | September 14, 2016

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Los-Angeles-Times-logoBy Joy Resmovits

Instead of going to school, school will come to you.

That’s the prize-winning idea behind RISE High, a proposed Los Angeles charter high school designed to serve homeless and foster children whose educations are frequently disrupted.

Los Angeles educators Kari Croft, 29, and Erin Whalen, 26, who came up with the idea, won $10 million in XQ: The Super School Project, a high school redesign competition funded by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs.

RISE is one of 10 $10-million winning school projects nationwide. Winners receive the prize money over five years.

XQ officials, in announcing the winners on Wednesday, described RISE as a “completely new” model. The idea is to have three to four physical sites sharing space with existing nonprofits as well as an online learning system. A bus would also be turned into a “mobile resource center,” to bring Wi-Fi, a washer/dryer and homework help to the neediest students.

Click here for the full Los Angeles Times story.

Read more on another winner: Washington Leadership Academy, a public charter high school in D.C. that’s using virtual reality to simulate learning opportunities that are beyond our wildest dreams of what’s currently possible in a typical classroom. By Richard Whitmire, The 74

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