I think charter associations can/must play an important role.  The best associations

  • eliminate caps and barriers
  • advocate for equitable funding and access to public facilities
  • promote charter quality
  • provide value added services
I think there’s more opportunity for charter associations to
  • provide ‘freemium’ services with fee based premium services for application support, benefits, insurance, backoffice services, and facilities development
  • provide knowledge management
  • advocate for three tier charter approval including streamlined expansion of high performers and provisional approval for innovative models
  • promote blended and online learning
  • advocate for the new employment bargain (front loaded performance compensation and tiered staffing)

Associations can play a key role in the next few months by advocating for a larger percentage of charter restarts funded by RttT and T1 School Improvement Grants.  Charters would need to agree to take a full school rather than growing a grade at a time.  If high performing operators are given near new conditions and facilities, they are likely to be much higher performing than district ‘restarts.’

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

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