As National School Choice Week comes to a close, Christine Campbell reflects on the Portfolio Network meeting in Memphis on school choice and the fact that school choice can mean different things to different people.
A great school for every child in every neighborhood
In portfolio cities, families have the freedom to attend their neighborhood schools or choose one that is the best fit for their child. The portfolio strategy supports principals and teachers—those who work most closely with students—and frees them to use their best ideas to ignite student learning. And it presses city and district leaders to support and expand successful schools until every child in the city attends a great school.
CRPE’s portfolio work creates impact through the Portfolio Network, a growing number of cities—including New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, and Baltimore —that are pursuing the portfolio strategy. Currently more than 40 cities, representing almost 5 million students, are working to implement the strategy. These cities receive a Portfolio Implementation Snapshot, where CRPE rates each district based on its portfolio implementation progress or decline. Our Portfolio Implementation Snapshot Tool allows cities to view their progress over time and compare against one another.
Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies For Managing Urban Schools
This new book from Paul Hill and colleagues explains the underlying idea of the portfolio strategy.
Performance Management in Portfolio School Districts
As portfolio districts take on duties they were not designed for, this report offers guidance on how to manage some of the most complicated tasks.
It Takes a City: Getting Serious about Urban School Reform
This volume is the second in a trilogy of books designed to describe the politics of reform in urban school systems and clarify reform options available to mayors and other community leaders who want to improve school performance dramatically. It Takes a City develops lessons from the reform experiences in six American cities which have made concerted attempts to improve their public schools: Boston, Memphis, New York City District #2, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Seattle.