The past 25 years of the charter movement has produced both successes and failures, writes Greg Richmond of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Here are three principles to ensuring every charter is a great school.
Charter Schools: 25 Years Later
Originally framed as a testing ground to pilot new and innovative educational approaches, have charters lived up to their mission? Looking to the future, what changes—if any—should the charter sector consider?
Policymakers haven't created the conditions necessary for charters to serve as the originally envisioned "laboratories of innovation," write Aaron Smith, but transparency, choice, and portable funding could change that.
If charter schools and districts were better coordinated, we would create an environment where every child has a place to thrive, writes Great School Choices founder Dirk Tillotson.