In light of the planning grant application approval for the proposed Studio School Charter yesterday, I’m curious about how others view public charters and what their roles should be.
Here are some different conceptions that I’ve heard or read (I’m sure there are many more and I’d be glad to hear about those):
- Charters as laboratories for innovations that can be replicated in other district schools.
- Charters as a means of of addressing the needs or desires of self-defined populations.
- Charters as a first step toward replacing the current system with a system of semi-autonomous schools.
Related questions include: How should charters and charter proposals be evaluated?