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Hoosier charter school group head takes US-wide post

Updated: June 5, 2013 9:39PM



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A leader among Indiana’s public charter schools is moving into a national advocacy post.

Indiana Public Charter Schools Association President Russ Simnick is joining the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools next month as senior director for state advocacy and support. The alliance works to increase the proportion of high-performing charter schools, close the funding gap between charters and other public schools and lifting caps on charter growth.

Simnick has led the Indiana group since 2008. During his tenure, the number of Indiana charter schools grew from 53 to 75 and the number of students served increased from less than 12,000 to more than 32,000.

In his new job, Simnick will work with states to shape legislative language, educate policymakers, and serve as an expert on state policies affecting charters.



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