While the overuse of harsh discipline practices is an issue for both charter and traditional public schools, Sarah Yatsko writes that charters could take the lead on innovating fair and effective student discipline.
Historically, relationships between school districts and charter schools have been rocky. To address this, charter schools and districts have signed collaboration compacts in 21 major cities where they are working together to share resources within the school system. All of the cities with compacts are part of the Portfolio Network.
CRPE is helping these and other portfolio cities to reinvent their central office structures so charter schools can become a normal part of a district’s efforts to better meet student needs.
The compacts can include:
All Compact cities have increased communication and have begun moving away from a combative past. In most of these initial 16 cities, education leaders have sustained broad buy-in and focus on common interests of shared responsibility and school quality.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded a multi-year initiative to support the design and implementation of District-Charter Collaboration Compacts.