It's Time for Public Schools and Public Charters to Work Together
Last month, as the result of the District-Charter Collaboration Compact sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, nine cities from across the country came together to commit to overcoming one of the most persistent divides in public education and accelerate progress for all of our students: public charter schools vs. traditional public schools.
The cities—Baltimore; Denver; Hartford, Conn.; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York City; and Rochester, N.Y.—announced compacts between their public school districts and public charter schools, a significant step toward expanding and institutionalizing collaboration in an area that has experienced far too much contentiousness. The compacts represent a bold commitment between district and charter leaders to build on each other’s strengths in pursuit of a common mission—giving every student a great education.
At the Gates Foundation , we believe it’s all about the students, too. That’s why we’ve invested in public charter schools, which can be incubators of innovation. And it’s why we’ve invested in traditional district schools, many of which have shown the ability to be innovative in their own right. In both types of schools, we focus our investments on the same sets of classroom-based issues: making sure all students have high standards and a demanding curriculum,...
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