Dirk Tillotson is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit
Great Schools Choices and blogs at
The Silent Majority. He has penned a profound piece, "So You Want to Start a Charter School," in which he dispels common myths and explains how hard it is to open a new school. He should know. He's played a role in the opening of 20 schools. And though the work is brutal, he sees the consequences of not doing it as being far worse.
You have to be Effing crazy. I should know. I have helped folks start schools for 20 years. I run a school incubator, and that line about being crazy is the opening and closing line of my introductory training. And I am serious.