The rise of charter schools over recent years has resulted in a change in attitude towards public school education for many parents who are now seeking to have more input than ever before in how their children are educated. Rocketship Education has been one of the most important and fastest growing in this educational sector as the group has become spread from its base in San Jose, California in 2006 to open schools in Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.
Rocketship Education founders Preston Smith and John Danner set out on their journey to create a new educational option for families who would be given the chance to develop into the charter school activists of the future. Giving parents and guardians the knowledge and skills to take the Rocketship Education ethos beyond the elementary school education level which is why a group of parents from Nashville, Tennessee published an open letter to their supporters and detractors.
The group of parents stated their belief in the ability to choose how their own children were educated was one of the most important aspects of the work being completed. Preston Smith and John Danner both believe the success of the Rocketship Education brand will be determined by the ability to participate families fighting to extend the charter school movement beyond its current limits; a number of families who have already seen their children pass through the Rocketship Education program at the elementary school level and are battling to create a brighter future for their children by opening new charter schools.
Involvement at all levels is something Rocketship Education believes is important to the success of the charter school brand and has resulted in families taking part in almost every aspect of the Rocketship Education system. Student families and teachers have been shocked to discover parents participate in the hiring process for new teachers as they are the stakeholders with the most to potentially lose or gain when new teachers are employed.