Ch. 5 - For Charter Schools and School Districts, Empty Space Equals Opportunity (HFR '11)

January 2012

The allocation of resources tests even the most well-intentioned charter–district collaboration. By reimagining the distribution of funding, facilities, and other district assets without regard to whether a school is a district school or a charter school, Parker Baxter argues, districts can strike a unique and powerful bargain with charter schools: shared resources and shared responsibility. Baxter explains Denver’s effort to decide which district assets should be shared with charter schools, as well as the principles behind the effort. This is an important case study for any city trying to assess how all students can get a fair share of the community’s public school assets.