Report: District-run ‘charters’ don’t see same results

The theory behind school-level autonomy is that students can achieve more if those who understand their needs best – namely, principals and teachers, not the central office – make the decisions that affect their learning. It is clear that cities with strong charter systems can secure better outcomes for students.

However, contentious political environments in many cities often limit efforts to create independent charters run by outside organizations (usually nonprofits). Enter the district-run “charter-lite” schools.

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