Are charter schools truly innovative? The answer can depend on your definition

Are charter schools truly innovative? The answer can depend on your definition

Date
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Excerpt from The Boston Globe article by James Vaznis:

For decades, charter schools have been billed as “laboratories of innovation,” conjuring up images of teachers and administrators brainstorming and testing cutting-edge instruction that — if proven successful — could deliver salvation to urban education.

But the track record of Massachusetts charter schools on innovation is mixed. While some charters are innovative, others simply strive to build high-quality schools using existing methods and do not necessarily invent new practices.

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“Innovation is in the eye of the beholder,” said Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington, which has done research on charter schools. But she added, “If people are looking for radically different approaches, I think that is a narrow definition of innovation.”

Lake said what makes charter schools stand apart is their freedom to repackage existing practices into new combinations that best suit their students’ needs.

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