Herding Cats: Managing Diverse Charter School Interests in Collaboration Efforts

Sean Gill, Sarah Yatsko, Robin Lake, Center for Reinventing Public Education
01 Aug, 2016

More than 23 cities have signed District-Charter Collaboration Compacts— formal agreements between school districts and charter schools that aim to share resources and responsibility and build trust and collegiality to ensure equal access to high-quality schools for all students. Yet, within the charter sector itself there are highly varied perspectives on and motivations for collaboration. Based on dozens of interviews and observations over four years, the Center for Reinventing Public Education looks at why many cities have missed opportunities to create more lasting relationships between their district and charter sectors, and offer suggestions for fostering stronger partnerships that could help improve outcomes for all of the students in their cities.