New York Times: Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm Between

Both the Middle School for Arts and Philosophy and Kings Collegiate Charter School are housed at PS 588 in Brownsville, N.Y. Credit Christopher Gregory for The New York Times

It is not an understatement to say that there is tension between Charter Schools and Public Schools. 

According to the New York Times,  “’It’s like putting a Burger King kitty-corner to a McDonald’s and expecting — in the same location and competing for the same families — warm and fuzzy cooperation,’ said Bruce Fuller, a professor of education and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.” Nevertheless, the task of collaboration between the two types of schools has begun, for the benefit of students. The New York Times notes, “In recent years, educational leaders, concerned about hostilities between the two types of schools, have worked to encourage warmer relations. In Tulsa, Okla., charter schools and district schools are working together to improve teaching quality. And in Spring Branch, Tex., charter school leaders are helping train district teachers and principals.”

Can these different organizations collaborate in harmony? Can they implement each others best practices, despite political differences? Please share your reflections and questions in the comments section below.

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