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Charter Schools

DC Charter Schools Are Leveraging Their Autonomy to Get Results

David Osbourne at the Knowledge Bank over at US News & World Report looks at how charter schools in the District of Columbia are improving options for kids and families. He focuses on the benefits of autonomy (though he doesn't discuss accountability much) and draws out four reasons for why charter governance is working. He sums it this way:
Charters are not outperforming district schools because their principals and teachers are better or work harder. They are doing so because their governance model, which includes significant school autonomy, full parental choice and freedom to close lagging schools, is superior to the more traditional model. It creates an environment in which the extraordinary measures necessary to educate inner-city children are not only easier to implement, they are virtually required if schools are to survive.

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