The ‘third way’ in education

Education leaders seek to bridge the charter-district divide

The ‘third way’ in education

POLARIZATION AND TRENCH WARFARE, the partisan watchwords these days in Washington, have also come to define education debates.

In Massachusetts, as much as $30 million could be spent between now and November in what promises to be a bloody showdown between charter school advocates and opponents over a ballot question to raise the charter school cap.

While there is a lot at stake in the high-profile charter battle, some of the most interesting developments in education in Massachusetts have been unfolding more quietly across the state.

Whether it’s an “empowerment zone” launched in Springfield last fall that gives a set of middle schools new freedom from district rules, or Boston’s moves to give principals greater leeway over teacher hiring, educators are drawing lessons from charter schools and incorporating them into district systems.

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Michael Jonas

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