Parker Baxter is Director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Previously, Parker was Director of Knowledge at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) where he was responsible for identifying and disseminating effective practices for charter school authorization and oversight and assisting authorizers in developing their expertise. Parker is also a Senior Research Affiliate at the Center on Reinventing Public Education where he previously served as Senior Legal Analyst working on the District-Charter Collaboration Compact Project and the Portfolio District Project. Prior to his work at NACSA, Parker served as Assistant Superintendent and the Executive Director of the Office of Parental Options at the Louisiana Department of Education and as Director of Charter Schools for Denver Public Schools. Parker was also an aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he worked on issues related to the No Child Left Behind Act and Head Start, and assisted in the formation and passage of the Higher Education Access Act. Parker has a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and a Masters in Public Management and Policy from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service where he was a Dean’s Scholar. He is also a former special education teacher, an alumnus of Teach for America, and an honors graduate of Colorado College.
Seattle, WA - Charter schools are public schools. Historically, however, the relationship between school districts and charters has been nonexistent at best, antagonistic at worst.