Report: Inside Charter Schools: Unlocking Doors to Student Success



REFORM, systemic change, RESEARCH, SCHOOLS


SCHOOL:Culture of Change and Improvement


Gross, B.


2011, 02/10/2011


Center on Reinventing Public Education


The research shows that allowing schools to develop their own mission, granting them freedom over their budgets and personnel, and holding them accountable for performance can have valuable effects in schools and for the educational system more broadly. The freedom given to charter schools can lead to new programs serving diverse needs, to higher expectations for low-income and minority students, to more schoolfocused professional norms for teachers and leaders, and to new ways to hire teacher and leader talent in schools. Autonomy unlocks many doors, but new challenges lie behind them. Autonomy shifts responsibility to teachers and administrators in hope of encouraging local ingenuity and entrepreneurship. Lifting contractual mandates for teachers and creating smaller organizations that operate independent of a large district structure elevates the importance of teamwork and relationships in schools. Trust becomes an essential component in a school’s success and viability.


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