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barrSteve Barr, founder of Green Dot Public Schools, which operates charter schools in California and New York, is a nationally known figure in the charter school movement. His takeover of Locke High School in Los Angeles was recently profiled in The New Yorker magazine. Barr’s schools are different from a lot charter schools for two reasons: they are unionized, and in a couple of cases Green Dot has taken over entire public schools, with all of their enrollment, and converted them to smaller schools. In some ways, this makes the Green Dot model a political compromise, though few would call Barr a compromiser (see New Yorker profile above). So what does Barr have to say about the current state of the charter school movement? Here he is in his own words:

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