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Flexibility and Innovation in Charter Schools

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Flexibility and Innovation in Charter Schools

It cannot be doubted that there are nearly as many failures as successes among charter schools. What sets them apart is that charter schools tend to close when they fail and traditional schools do not. And when they succeed they do so because a charter school experiments.

The key difference in successful charter and traditional schools is a commitment to flexibility and innovation. Charter schools are more willing to experiment with merit pay for teachers and using teachers from outside the traditional educational community. It isn’t uncommon for a secondary charter school to have a Master’s degree level teacher whose main experience is in a profession other than teaching. They teach what they have been doing rather than what they have been reading about.

Because charter schools have more freedom to hire and fire staff, they can experiment in ways traditional schools cannot.



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