Emily Wilson. “A Charter School’s Unconventional Success”. NPR, Day to Day. August 23, 2006 – Five years ago, the American Indian Charter High School in Oakland, Calif. was about to be closed down because of poor attendance and rock-bottom academic scores
But then Ben Chavis joined the school as principal — bringing his controversial political philosophy and unconventional curriculum with him — and now the school has the highest academic scores in the city and a nearly 100 percent attendance rate.