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“ROCKETSHIP SPUTTERS: Rocketship Education has been one of the hottest charter networks for some time, hailed for a blended learning model that puts its K-5 students to work on computers for part of the day. But it’s recently hit a rough patch. This fall, the network failed to meet enrollment targets for its first school outside California, signing up 307 students in Milwaukee when it had projected 485. Then a federal review found that software the network has used extensively to drill students in math has no discernible effect on math scores.

“- This week, Rocketship withdrew its application to open a school in Santa Clara County, Calif., after intense community opposition. But Rocketship officials say their academic results remain strong and they’re still committed to a huge national expansion. The network now serves 5,000 students; within three years, it expects to enroll 25,000, with campuses in Tennessee, Louisiana, Indiana and D.C. Senior Vice President Kristoffer Haines said his team has “invested a lot of time building strong relationships with community partners” in the target cities – and feels confident families will flock to enroll.”