A Hebrew charter school has been approved for Washington, D.C.
Sela Public Charter School will open in fall 2013, with 124 children in pre-K through first grade. Eventually the school, which has the backing of the New York-based Hebrew Charter School Center, will go through fifth grade.
Sela, which means “rock” or “foundation” in Hebrew, is modeled in part on Yu Ying, a successful D.C. Chinese-immersion charter school where children speak Chinese and English in alternate days.
A little over a year ago, when Tamar Caspi Shnall showed up for a meeting of those interested in starting a Hebrew charter school in San Diego, she wasn’t expecting to wind up its lead applicant, and then president.
After all, Shnall — a journalist and dating-advice columnist whose work regularly appears on JDate and the Jerusalem Post — had an 11-week-old son at home and no background in education.
Florida Growing Fast, Some Local Delays, Second Thoughts In Englewood
So much for the stereotype about life being slower paced in the South.
While some Hebrew charter school efforts here in New York and New Jersey — as well as in Arizona, Minnesota and California — are hitting snags and delays, Florida’s Ben Gamla network of schools is blazing ahead at full speed.