Blank Check: Recreating America's Broken Schools


The problem with gathering the forces of educators and businesses to advance the process of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with Career and Technical Education (CTE) education is not that it is unworthy of our attention.

-It’s not that it’s unimportant to the future kids coming through public schools.

-It’s not that people do not get cheered when they champion new standards.

-It’s all of these.

STEM and CTE education needs a story. Our culture advances things through storytelling. It needs a context. That’s what happens when we allow incremental advances to nonchalantly lead our way. It fails to inspire.

Blank Check is that story. It’s a fictional tale grounded in pure reality. It’s what if? What if a wealthy philanthropist hands us a blank check and says, make it happen. What would we do? What would we do if we had the opportunity to create the perfect public school, with no restraints?

So here, for the first and hopefully not the last time, we offer a tale that can inspire us. Because when we can see the destination in the distance, it quickens our pace.


This intriguing, inspirational story takes place on a fictional U.S. island, but the story that evolves could help reshape public schools in America.

After serving his country as an Army Ranger, high school principal Josiah Rollins quits in disgust over the broken educational system he can no longer serve.

Little does he know this impulsive act would lead him to an unbelievable opportunity to change everything and serve his country and students in the way he had always dreamed. Inspired and funded by a now billionaire war buddy, Josiah tests his educational theories in a place with low standards and poor student performance: the American Caribbean Islands.

The mission is simple: give teachers autonomy and freedom to teach and provide the community the power to make schools the center of their community. But many on the Island are not happy about the project, nor do they trust the white man selling them new ideas. Learn how Rollins wins over the people and the students, transforming the community and the economy into the American Dream.

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