Treat neighborhood schools like charters
In the wake of a contentious debate in Annapolis this spring that featured a bill that gives charter school operators more control over their schools (while principal autonomy was rolled back at struggling traditional schools), a show down over supplemental education funding, and a great deal of rhetorical debate around “autonomy,” “choice,” “accountability” and “successful” schools, we are wondering where the neighborhood schools are left.
Is the implication that teachers and principals in traditional schools are fundamentally different from principals and teachers in higher status schools? Would they fail to rise to the occasion if they were given the same deal that charters have?
See Op-Ed in Baltimore Sun here.