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Breaking Down Barriers to Equitable Access

Monday, November 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristen Forbriger
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The charter school promise is built on three core principles: accountability, autonomy, and access. Without all three, the promise falls apart. That’s why great authorizers are dedicated to a mission of creating access to better schools. This means they are proactively facilitating the opening of new schools and maintaining high standards for schools to remain open.

But as the charter sector continues to grow and evolve, the role of authorizing must go beyond quality openings and closings. Charter schools are no longer on the fringe of the public school landscape, operating outside and apart from the rest of the system. As enrollment grows and charters serve a greater share of public school students—at least 30 percent in more than 20 districts—the ways students and families navigate all public schools is also changing. This requires new thinking about the role of authorizing in ensuring equitable access for all students.

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