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Charters? Creating Boston's Pilot Schools
charter school initiatives spur reform in the public school system
through new schools that are models of innovation and that somehow
both pressure and inform the existing system?
more than 1000 charter schools are almost entirely products of state
legislation that bypass what Ted Kolderie of the Minnesota-based
Center for Policy Studies calls the "exclusive franchise"
of local school boards. The result is that most charter schools,
while interesting, are often marginal to local school districts
and local reform efforts, are seen as "hostiles", and
in nearly all cases receive no material or moral support from the
local districts where they reside.
Could not an
alternative scenario have emerged, where local districts, determined
to promote educational innovation, would charter local groups of
parents and educators to start new schools or to transform existing
ones outside the framework of local rules and regulations?
charter schools", called "pilot schools", shows that
charters can be realized through district and teacher union sponsorship.
There are now eleven operating pilot schools in Boston. Combined
with four state-sponsored charters in the city, Boston has the highest
concentration of charter schools of any locality in the country.
How do these
"in-district charters" stack up against their state-sponsored
brethren? Are pilot schools smarter charters than state-sponsored
charters? In this chapter, Smarter Charters? Creating Boston's Pilot
Schools, Bob Pearlman, former President of the Autodesk Foundation,
and former Coordinator of Educational Reform Initiatives for the
Boston Teachers Union, chronicles the successes, challenges and
limitations of the "in-district charters" and the lessons
for district and state policymakers.
Charters? Creating Boston's Pilot Schools",
is reprinted by permission of the publisher from Clinchy, E., "CREATING
NEW SCHOOLS: HOW SMALL SCHOOLS ARE CHANGING AMERICAN EDUCATION",
(New York: Teachers College Press, copyright 2000 by Teachers College,
Columbia University. All rights reserved.), pp. 38-48.
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