District-Charter Collaboration


CRPE’s monthly District-Charter Collaboration Newsletter is a great resource for keeping up with our latest research on Compact cities, as well as other news about collaborative efforts from across the country.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

States diverge considerably in their philosophy about the relationship between school districts and charter schools, and the difference seems to matter to local collaboration efforts. Two states—Arizona and Massachusetts—exemplify how state education authority philosophies knowingly or unknowingly influence local action.

Arizona’s charter law embraces market-based competition and eschews cooperation, which is a prescription that makes shared problem-solving between districts and charters unlikely.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Animosity between school districts and charter schools has been the norm since the nation’s first public charter school opened in 1992. In some cities, however, these deeply divided factions are now finding ways to come together to increase equitable access to schools; in a few cities, these partnerships have even helped to improve some of the schools themselves.

Why have these collaborations been attempted in a few dozen cities and not others? And of those attempts, why have some sustained progress while others have petered out?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

As collaboration between districts and charter schools ebbs and flows in the now 21 cities that signed Compacts with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, new relationships are forming in Florida. Uniquely, the state department of education itself has decided to spearhead a competitive grant process. They’ve placed a particular focus on drawing charter networks to neighborhoods most in need of new quality school options.


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