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Oprah Gives Millions for Charter Children Peter C. Groff, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Charter schools just got the gift of a lifetime. Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey gave out the last Oprah’s Angel Network grants – and the recipients were all charter schools. How’s that for going out with a bang?

The September 20, 2010 episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was dedicated to the new documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” and featured a special presentation of $1 million grants by Ms. Winfrey to six high-performing charter school networks. These organizations were recognized for producing great student outcomes and living out the spirit of “Waiting for Superman” with the great work they do every day.

Congratulations to The Mastery Charter Schools of Philadelphia; Aspire Public Schools in California; Denver School of Science and Technology; LEARN Charter School in Chicago; New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy; and YES Prep Public Schools in Houston.

Ms. Winfrey will continue the conversation on the “Oprah” Show’s LIVE episode on Friday, September 24, 2010. I’m told it will be a rich dialogue including many more voices with a stake in public education. Stay tuned…

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