September 13, 2010: Aspire Public Schools is a non-profit charter management organization (CMO) that operates small, high quality public charter schools across California. James Wilcox, Aspire's Chief Executive Officer, will be featured on a special education-related Oprah Winfrey Show airing on Monday, September 20, 2010. The show will discuss the education crisis in our nation highlight Aspire's schools as model public schools. Other guests on the show include Waiting for "Superman" movie director, Davis Guggenheim, Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee and John Legend, who wrote the theme song for Waiting for "Superman," and a student from Summit Prep High School in Redwood City, Calif. who also appears in "Superman."
Founded in 1999, Aspire serves over 7,600 students from grades K-12 at 25 schools sites in Los Angeles, the Central Valley and the Bay Area. By inspiring and preparing students to succeed in college and life, Aspire seeks to transform communities in which few opportunities to pursue higher education currently exist. The cornerstone of the Aspire model is summed up by the organization's philosophy: College for Certain.
Be sure to tune in!