District-charter school collaborations are the new buzz words. Like many slogans, it sounds reasonable on the surface. Twenty-one projects were launched by the U.S. Department of Education as an exemplary collaboration competition in 2012. An interim report by a Washington state based research institute reported, however, that only four of the 21 projects had even limited success. Now, the State of Florida is initiating its own project to entice high achieving charter management companies to collaborate with district schools in Florida.
In this post, we review the Center for Reinventing Public Education’s Interim Report District-Charter Collaboration Compact. What is supposed to be mutually beneficial? What do high quality charter management firms have to offer school districts?
‘High quality’ charter management companies are those that Florida hopes will open schools in major cities. Their approaches to teaching and learning are distinctive. Demographic and student retention data from these companies must be closely studied. We have found some interesting data.Continue reading