Center for Education Reform Releases Podcast With Charter School CEO Eugene Slocum

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Alpha Academy faces political challenges in tandem with financial struggles. This week’s episode of CER's "Reality Check with Jeanne Allen" explores the challenges the school faces.

“Reality Check with Jeanne Allen,” the weekly podcast hosted by CER’s founder and CEO, released its 65th episode this week featuring Eugene Slocum, the CEO and superintendent of Alpha Academy Charter School in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

After seeing the failure of traditional education in this community, Eugene launched a revolutionary new school. Alpha Academy was founded on a shoe-string budget just 18 years ago, and has gone from 60 students to over 900 today. With the nation’s only STEM Institute sanctioned by NASA Pioneer Katherine Johnson of the famed “Hidden Figures,” the school is well on its way to achieving its vision of becoming one of the most successful schools in the world, measured by its service to the community while helping students graduate, obtain successful careers, and become model citizens of the world.

Despite its successes, Alpha Academy faces political challenges in tandem with financial struggles. This week’s episode explores the challenges the school faces in a state with a history of strong education that is overseen by an oppositional Governor.

“It’s not about being against the public schools, but parents and students have to have options because they cannot all fit in the same standard mold. People may talk about it, but when it comes to reality, you find a lot of pushback on helping kids be successful in every aspect.”

LISTEN HERE: Conquering a Failing Traditional Education System with Eugene Slocum

Reality Check is a weekly podcast that features a variety of guests who bring personal stories of work in the field, amid the increasingly contentious and partisan environment around education. Past guests have included national voices Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, public school leaders and everyone in between. You can listen to Reality Check on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, and Stitcher. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter @edreform and @JeanneAllen.

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