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ERIC Number: EJ1126521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Vive la Difference: What It Means for State Boards to Embrace Two Models for Public Education
Smarick, Andy
State Education Standard, v17 n1 p22-25 Jan 2017
The charter school model differs fundamentally from the district-based model of public education delivery that is still dominant in every state. Instead of creating government bodies that directly operate all of an area's public schools, the state approves entities that authorize and oversee schools run by nonprofit organizations. In this article, state board members are encouraged to take a fresh, expansive look at the principles underlying this alternative model and how it fits into the broader statewide system of K-12 education. Herein, Andy Smarick describes how state board members taking a "vive la difference" mentality could work to align the two models. The new federal K-12 law, "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA), may be the perfect opportunity for state boards to bring to life a vibrant two-track approach. The ultimate goal is for board members to fruitfully embrace an approach that best serves kids and schools by appreciating, honoring, and adjusting to the particular characteristics of each model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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