NYC Leaders Hope Tensions Ease Between District, Charter Schools With New Collaboration

Friday, May 18, 2012

The city Department of Education hopes to ease long-existing tensions between district and charter schools with a new collaboration set to kick off in the Bronx.

The District-Charter Compact is made up of public district schools and 85 charter schools across the city, and will start with a “Bronx Study Tour Program” for educators to share their best practices.

“I think, up until now, charters and districts haven’t had a lot of communication,” said Ken Baum, principal of one of the participating schools, the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to get people talking and share things we do well.”

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