Both traditional and charter schools bring unique strengths to the table. Charter schools are champions of innovation unencumbered by convention, have dynamic and visionary leaders, and are ready to shake things up. Traditional schools are community hubs, boast dedicated staff, and have histories within the neighborhoods they serve. Together they can achieve great things, which is the goal of district-charter partnerships.
It’s not often that you see eight Democrats and fourteen Republicans signed on to the same legislation regarding public education. SB 1882 and HB 3439 garnered that type of support because the partnerships they encourage are not about politics; they’re about students.
The 85th Legislative Session has been fraught with tension between the two chambers, much as there has been friction between traditional and charter schools over the years. District-charter partnership legislation has seen overwhelming bipartisan and bicameral support this session, and Texas students could soon see even more innovation in public education if the gap between traditional and charter schools is bridged.