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ERIC Number: ED559807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
The Best of Both Worlds: Can District-Charter Co-Location Be a Win-Win?
DeArmond, Michael; Nelson, Elizabeth Cooley; Bruns, Angela
Center on Reinventing Public Education
District schools and charter schools are often at odds. When the two school types share a school building--arrangements known as "co-locations"--the tensions can boil over. But what happens when district and charter leaders approach co-location as a tool to promote school improvement, rather than simply a real estate deal? Based on fieldwork in four improvement-focused co-locations, this report shows that sharing space across sectors doesn't have to result in a pitched battle, but that leveraging co-location for school improvement is not easy. Even with strong district and charter leadership, teachers can struggle to understand the goals of improvement-focused co-locations. Cross-pollination around school culture can be a productive starting point for collaboration, but collaboration on instruction is much harder to achieve. With considerable effort and resources, district and charter schools can peacefully coexist, but using co-location for school improvement is a daunting task whose full costs and benefits are, to date, still uncertain.
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)