by Andy Smarick
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
July 09, 2014
Private school choice proponents can learn from the charter schooling movement in three key areas: school network structure, the incubation of high-potential schools, and authorizer-based accountability. At present, there is a glaring lack of collaboration among high-quality schools from the charter and private school sectors. Talent pipelines, philanthropies, and incubators seem to operate in an unfortunately bifurcated environment, despite a shared commitment to providing high-quality educational options, particularly for underserved students. Both sectors would reap enormous benefit from greater collaboration. Though charter and private schools operate under different regulations, they have many of the same concerns. With regard to political advocacy, human capital, and much more, highly effective charter and private schools would do well to team up and identify ways to cooperatively create more seats available to students in need.