When I think about Aspire Public Schools (Aspire), I remember a line from an old song: “I'm a little bit country, and I'm a little bit rock and roll.” It's probably more accurate to say we're a little bit country, rock and roll, rap, R&B, and pop—and probably a few other things. When people get to know our school system, no matter what their context, they often see some relevance for their own. In some ways, we look like a medium-sized school district. In other ways, we resemble individual charter schools or traditional schools trying new things for our students, trying to serve them better. Our experience (and our expressed goal to be perceived in this way) made us even more determined to find a way to share what we've learned so ...

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