“Regular Public Schools Start to Mimic Charters,” reads the article headline in the current edition of Education Week. You’d think Education Week would be more aware of the impact that the headline would have with regular public school teachers. The article describes limited attempts at collaboration between charters and their district non-charter schools.
This collaboration would complete the initial intention of charter schools: To be, as the article states, “research-and-development hot houses for public education.” So far the collaboration has been limited in its scope. To me, this is no surprise when you look at how far we have strayed from charters’ initial purpose.
Competition is fierce between these two factions as they fight for student enrollment. This limits the incentive to collaborate. I could go on, but I have pontificated on this before.
I want to go back to the headline and the interesting responses to the online version of the story. Here you will see snipping about whether or not the innovative idea that the charter uses originated with the charter or in the non-charter public school. You’ll also read complaints that charters are once again presented as the “second coming” for public education.
Oh, come on! Can we embrace the greater issue here and ensure that whatever is working makes its way into educational practice?
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