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Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea, and the School That Beat the Odds

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What: N.C. Education Alliance event

When: Noon Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Where: The John Locke Foundation
200 W. Morgan Street, Raleigh, N.C. 27601

Price: $10

Who: Joanne Jacobs is an education journalist and creator of the education blog For nearly 20 years, Jacobs covered education issues for the San Jose Mercury News, leaving in 2001 to write the book Our School. Jacobs describes the creation, struggle, and success of Downtown College Prep, a San Jose charter school in which the average ninth grader enters the school reading at the fifth-grade level. By senior year, 94 percent of the graduating class is accepted into college.

Jacobs continues to cover and analyze education issues, and her articles have appeared in All Things Considered, Reason Magazine, Stanford Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and She is a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco.

Join Joanne Jacobs as she shares the story of Downtown College Prep and describes the factors that make a charter school a success.

Contact JLF Communications Director Mitch Kokai at 919-828-3876, 919-306-8736, or [email protected] for more information.

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We are North Carolina’s Most Trusted and Influential Source of Common Sense. The John Locke Foundation was created in 1990 as an independent, nonprofit think tank that would work “for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina.” The Foundation is named for John Locke (1632-1704), an English philosopher whose writings inspired Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders.

The John Locke Foundation is a 501(c)(3) research institute and is funded solely from voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations.