Kevin Hall is president and CEO of the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF), a nonprofit founded in 2005 that uses a venture capital approach to make long-term commitments to the nation’s most promising and highest-performing charter schools. The investments enable schools to scale up and achieve impact and long-term sustainability in their communities. To date, CSGF has committed over $100 million to create more than 165,000 new seats in charter schools for low-income and minority students around the country.
CSGF invests philanthropic capital in high-performing charter management organizations (CMOs)—networks of public schools managed by leadership teams that provide shared academic, human capital, back-office, operational, and financial services. By 2020, these high-performing entities, CSGF believes, will have the chance to serve more than 1 million students. In addition, through its Next-Gen Investments, CSGF partnered in 2010 with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to acquire DreamBox Learning, which provides award-winning adaptive learning technology to elementary school students.
Hall recently spoke with J. Puckett, a senior partner and managing director in the Dallas office of The Boston Consulting Group and global leader of the firm’s Education practice, as part of BCG’s interview series “Reimagining K–12 Education in the U.S.” Edited excerpts from the discussion follow below.