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Achieving College DreamsHow a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School$
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Rhona S. Weinstein and Frank C. Worrell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190260903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260903.001.0001

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The University of California, Berkeley Commits

The University of California, Berkeley Commits

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Achieving College Dreams

Gail Kaufman

Robert E. Jorgensen

Genaro M. Padilla

P. David Pearson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the lengthy and challenging process that resulted in the University of California, Berkeley’s decision to commit to starting a charter school—a journey fueled by an invitation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Early College Initiative. Should a research university be actively involved in running a school on a long-term basis? What are the risks to a university’s reputation in taking on the challenge of secondary education in a highly politicized environment and what are the potential benefits? Are faculty and staff from multiple disciplines and programs up to this task and under what conditions? These questions form the backdrop for the chapter. Using narrative records to reconstruct the passionate discussions, this chapter provides an in-depth description of the events, key players, and institutional units that forged the path toward a campuswide investment in the creation of an early college secondary school.

Keywords:   charter schools, early college, K–12, secondary school reform, campuswide partnerships, research university, UC Berkeley

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