Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2011, published by the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), provides a clear roadmap for school districts and charter schools interested in working together to improve education options. The report, CRPE’s sixth such overview of the charter sector, explains the risks and technical challenges behind charter-district collaboration and provides powerful examples of how they can be overcome.
The report includes:
- Guidance on how to arm parents with knowledge to help them navigate district-wide choice systems (from Paul Teske of University of Colorado, Denver) and how to create city-wide enrollment systems that take charter schools into account (from Tom DeWire of Baltimore Public Schools).
- An instructive guide to how the school district and charter schools came to share financial resources and facilities in Denver, by Parker Baxter of CRPE.
- An analysis by Lake and co-editor Betheny Gross of CRPE of how district and charter schools can together provide better options for students with special needs.
- A close look, by 4.0 Schools’ Matt Candler, at one organization’s attempt to train and incubate school leaders to create a strong supply of effective new charter and district schools in the Southeast region of the U.S.