The deputy mayor for education, Abigail Smith, recently said that the time has come for joint planning between the traditional and charter public school sectors. But Scott Pearson, executive director of the Public Charter School Board (PCSB), says that while his agency supports cross-sector collaboration on a school-by-school basis, more systemic coordination could jeopardize the autonomy that is essential to charters’ success.
Some have suggested that the PCSB should refrain from authorizing charters in locations that might hinder DCPS’s efforts to revive struggling schools or create new ones. One commentator recently pointed out that parents in Ward 4 are urging DCPS to reopen the former McFarland Middle School, but that the PCSB was about to consider applications for two charter middle schools “that might compete directly with a reopened McFarland.”
[Continue reading Natalie Wexler’s post at Greater Greater Education.]
Natalie Wexler is the editor of Greater Greater Education and a member of the board of the D.C. Scholars Public Charter School. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.