During the campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump made obvious his intent to expand school choice. His new nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has only solidified his emphasis on the new possibilities for K-12 education. However, Peter Cunningham of US News and World Report suggests that Team Trump should begin looking to build bridges between themselves and the education sector, starting with a unique charter-district collaboration.
According to Cunningham, charter-district collaboration is what has been described as the “great unfilled promise” of the so-called school choice movement. Public charters most often act independently of charter schools and don’t stand to learn from each other concerning the ways that technology, classroom management, post-graduate support, parent engagement and more can be used and implemented.
The Gates Foundation has given this collaborative operating plan a larger platform after it donated $25 million in grants to seven cities to promote charter-district collaboration around issues such as professional development, implementing higher standards, personalized learning, universal enrollment systems and common metrics to help families evaluate schools.