Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, charter school leaders, and officials from the Boston Public Schools signed an historic Compact to create more collaboration and cooperation between charters and the Boston district. The Gates Foundation is providing funding to support the Compact.
The District-Charter Compact will create a framework to broaden choice for parents, facilitate the sharing of innovative practices, expand opportunities for shared teacher professional development, expand student and family supports, and develop a common school accountability instrument to identify root causes of underperformance.
“I started this term as Mayor saying that the time for pitting traditional public schools against charter schools was over,” said Mayor Menino. “Today those words become reality and the students of this city will be the better for it, no matter where they go to school.”
“This Compact will bring together charter and district leaders, principals and teachers to advance a common mission: to ensure that we provide the best possible educational opportunities for Boston school children,” said Kevin Andrews, Chairman of the Boston Alliance for Charter Schools and Headmaster at Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester.