That’s one of the lessons that can be learned from the experience of the Rainshadow Community Charter School, which announced last week that it will close in June.
A solid educational plan is critical; so are excellent teachers. But, despite the claims of some politicians, so is money. You can’t succeed without it. You certainly can’t succeed on the money that Nevada is spending.
By educational standards, Rainshadow, which opened in 2003 to serve at-risk students with an innovative “hands-on” program, has been successful. Where it has failed, officials told the Gazette-Journal’s Scott Oxarart, is in marketing and fundraising.