Austin (Texas) District-Charter Compact

The Austin (Texas) District-Charter Compact involves the Austin Independent School District and partner charter schools. The document notes that the city has doubled in size in the past 20 years, that it prides itself on being entrepreneurial, and that the “strained financial landscape” and higher academic standards have encouraged partnerships to improve schools and operate more efficiently.

Among the compact’s goals are to share innovations and possibly develop in-district charters, joint recruiting and training of personnel, shared facilities and services, and creation of a leadership advisory group. The collaboration compact includes a work timetable.

The Austin school district and the charter partners have won a $100,000 Gates Foundation grant for planning collaboration, according to a February 27, 2012, Statesman article, which notes that the district has hired “two of the compact’s charter operators to run programs in district schools.”