ON-Lion Letter
In October, GreatSchools' founder, president, and chief executive officer Bill Jackson guest posted on Rick Hess' "Straight Up" blog for Education Week.  GreatSchools helps to build good education marketplaces by using the Internet to provide parent-customers with better information about those school-providers in them.  Its user-friendly site provides parents around the country with basic information about particular public, charter, and cooperating private schools.

"My dream school information system would provide insight into whether a particular school would help my daughters realize my aspirations for them," Jackson wrote in one of his posts, "and as well as shed light on many of the aspects of schools I look for on a tour ...."

"This month, GreatSchools is launching some elements of this vision with pilots in Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Washington, DC," Jackson continues.  "But I'm going to challenge myself to think beyond our current innovations and imagine what might be possible in the future.

"In this spirit, my dream school information system has five components," he writes.  They are:  "1. Student achievement and teacher quality;" "2. School climate and culture;" "3. School program and curriculum;" "4. Parent and student reviews;" and, "5. Principal interview."

Regarding Jackson's third component, school program and curriculum, Jackson says, "I want to know all about the school's curriculum and programs.  We've got this down pretty well in our next-generation school profile launching this month in select cities.  For example, check out St. Joan Antida High School, a private girls-only high school in Milwaukee that accepts vouchers.  You can see tons of details here."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports GreatSchools Milwaukee and St. Joan Antida High School.  It also supports Hess' work at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
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