Seattle, WA - Charter schools are public schools. Historically, however, the relationship between school districts and charters has been nonexistent at best, antagonistic at worst.
Parker Baxter is Director of Knowledge at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). In this role, Parker is responsible for developing content and resources for Knowledge Core, NACSA’s new online knowledge and learning system designed to assist authorizers in improving their practice and 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 School District Project. Prior to joining 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.
This chapter examines factors that are driving districts to collaborate with charters, what those collaborations look like, and the politics both sides must deal with.
In this chapter Parker Baxter argues that by reimagining the distribution of funding, facilities, and other district assets without regard to whether a school is a district school or a charter...