How to Help Great Charters Grow

In a new article for The 74 Million, author Richard Whitmire lays out the case for how to grow great charter schools.

He uses his experience studying high-quality charters and how they’ve developed to inform his recommendations. Among them:

  • Enacting a stringent accountability system that creates an environment wherein “great charters [can] flourish,” shaky charters don’t open, and bad charters are closed
  • Using access to facilities (or facilities funding) to expand student access to charter schools
    Utilizing collaboration to encourage the replication of school models that raise student achievement
  • Employing these strategies has worked for the best charters in the nation, and we have used some of them in Texas to produce three organizations Whitmire dubs among the “most successful charter groups.”

The work is not done. That’s why Texas Aspires’ legislative agenda addresses all three of these strategies to help ensure we have some of the best charter schools in the nation. And with the 85th Legislature in session, the time to get to work is now!


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