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3 Relational trust Professional development Collaboration



6  Personnel Policy Given freedom to craft “agreements from scratch,” charters are “not as innovative as they might be” when it comes to evaluation, staffing, and compensation. – Mitch Price, Center on Reinventing Public Education  Teacher Certification “Charters can get caught up in the same regulations [as district schools]. When you talk about highly qualified teachers, for example, art and drama teachers are included. So we could get Peter Nero from the Philly Pops to come teach a music class, but he’s not certified—so we’re not allowed.” – David Hardy, CEO of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School  The Hassle Factor “It’s hard to manage the voluminous requests made by OSSE and still have time to run a school... OSSE has fifty, sixty, maybe seventy people sending e-mails. We had to hire a general counsel specializing in special education just to respond and force OSSE to [back off]…They may not like being challenged, but it’s been necessary to maintain Friendship’s independence.” – Donald Hense, Friendship Public Charter School, Washington, DC


8 Instructional Cage-Busting

9 Note: Combined mentions of these terms in Educational Leadership and Phi Delta Kappan from January 2009 to September 2012. Searches were performed using an in-text search.

10  Leading books on education leadership that never mention “union contract” or “collective bargaining.”  What’s Worth Fighting For in the Principalship, Michael Fullan  School Leadership That Works, Robert Marzano, Timothy Waters, and Brian McNulty  Rethinking Leadership, Thomas Sergiovanni  The Shaping School Culture Fieldbook, Kent Peterson and Terrence Deal  Change Leader, Michael Fullan  Leaders of Learning, Richard Dufour and Robert Marzano.  What Great Principals Do Differently, Todd Whitaker  Strengthening the Heartbeat, Thomas Sergiovanni  Shaping School Culture, Terrence Deal and Kent Peterson  Leading with Soul, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal  Reframing the Path to School Leadership, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal Searches in this section were performed in May 2012 using the in-text search feature on

11  “The worst thing to do is to write off apparently poor or mediocre teachers as dead wood, and seek easy administrative solutions in transfers or retirements.” – Fullan and Hargreaves, What’s Worth Fighting for in Your School  “Running a tight ship” is a “distortion of the goal of educating children.” – Drake and Roe, The Principalship  “Combin[ing] reform with major changes in the structure of the organization... is almost always a mistake.” – Ben Levin, How to Change 5000 Schools




15 8 Average teacher is absent 8 days per year $125 Cost per substitute teacher $125 per day $1,000 Cost per FTE per year $1,000 per FTE (plus 8 days of lost learning…)

16  Despite the chance “to craft agreements from scratch…charter school contracts look quite similar to their district counterparts.” – Mitch Price, Center on Reinventing Public Education  The role of charter principals “ was not significantly different” from that of district principals. – National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University  2010 study found that most charters hire and pay staff much as local districts do. – Dana Brinson and Jacob Rosch, Public Impact


18 Things you can already do Things you can do if you’re a little creative Things you can do if you alter little p policies Things that you can do only if you change big P policies




22  Be Precise “Sponsoring agencies, in general, required assessment information on performance from charter schools… but often failed to specify any clear performance standards or consequences” - Wohlstetter & Griffin  Do More to Empower Educators “We need to do more things to empower passionate educators [and] allow them to be successful in their schools, whether it’s a district school or a charter school. When we do that, we’ll have more good schools for kids.” - Greg Richmond  Think Outside the Cage “A quality authorizer is open to considering diverse educational philosophies and approaches.” – NACSA Principles and Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing

23  Training & socialization  Incentives & accountability  Culture, norms & practices

24  Cage-busting is not cage-fighting  Cage-busting is a complement, not a substitute  John Henry is not a role model  You don’t have to be a martyr


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