Washington School Districts And Charter Schools Can Be Partners, Not Enemies

Washington School Districts And Charter Schools Can Be Partners, Not Enemies

Date
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Robin Lake's recent Seattle Times op ed is quoted in this piece by The Lens. Excerpt:

As the debate continues to rage over public charter schools in Washington, traditional public schools and many of their supporters have squared off in opposition to charters, which they see as draining attention and money away from them.

But Spokane Public Schools has from the start taken a unique path. They’ve worked alongside local charter schools by authorizing two. Some stakeholders now say such a collaborative approach may really be the most strategic over the long haul.

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The Director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, at University of Washington-Bothell, Robin Lake, states, “I have been studying charter schooling in America since the late 1990s. I have seen terrible charter schools. I have also seen excellent charter schools that set a new standard for innovation and quality.”

Lake adds:

“I have seen school districts and even teachers union leaders move from battling charter schools to partnering with them, and even running them. School districts and charter schools are working together in Denver, Indianapolis, Oakland, Houston, Chicago, Boston and at least 20 other cities, benefitting students and teachers alike.”

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Read the full article.

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