Published Online: July 12, 2011
Published in Print: July 13, 2011, as Charter Schools

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"Eliminating the Achievement Gap: A White Paper on How Charter Schools Can Help District Leaders"

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Charter schools as part of a “portfolio” strategy for improving school districts can help close the achievement gap in public schools, a new white paper says.

Published by the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, the paper argues that charter schools cannot be ignored as part of a comprehensive approach to improving achievement for low-income students.

While not all charter schools have proved effective, the report notes, those that have should serve as models in a portfolio strategy that encompasses various types of schools within a single district. Districts currently using that style of management include Boston, Chicago, Denver, the District of Columbia, Los Angeles, and New York City, according to the report.

Vol. 30, Issue 36, Page 5

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