Tom Bloch summarizes the charter school he founded in Kansas City.
Tom Bloch: Yes, it was founded in 2000. Originally, we had Grade 7 through 9, for 200 students designed as a college prep school, and in 2005, we expanded the school and moved to a new location. And so today, we’re serving 1,100 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and these are inter-city kids. I started teaching back in 1995 and did that for 5 years in the urban core of Kansas City, and then another fellow and I, also a former CEO, got together and decided to start our own school. And this was at the time when charter schools were starting to take the country by storm, and so we did some planning and, sure enough, we were able to give birth to a school.