In districts truly committed to the portfolio strategy, principals should be the point people on engagement and communication, writes Christine Campbell.
Historically, relationships between school districts and charter schools have been rocky. To address this, charter schools and districts have signed collaboration compacts in 20 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 School District Network.
CRPE is helping these and other portfolio school districts 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.
District-Charter Collaboration Compact: Interim Report
This interim report details the first two years of district-charter collaboration in 16 Compact cities, including lessons learned and potential opportunities and challenges ahead.
Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2011
The 6th annual edition of Hopes, Fears, & Reality provides a clear roadmap for school districts and charter schools interested in working together to improve education options. The report explains the risks and technical challenges behind charter-district collaboration and provides powerful examples of how they can be overcome.