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What Charter Schools Can Teach Us About Teacher Voice


by Richard D. Kahlenberg & Halley Potter — March 09, 2015

Charter schools were originally proposed as vehicles to give teachers more leadership opportunities; however, the sector has evolved to focus on empowering management over teachers, and today just 7% of charter schools are unionized. This commentary piece explores what lessons can be drawn from the experiences of charter schools, both positive and negative, and how to run schools and structure the teaching profession to build and retain strong teachers. A subset of charter schools are pioneering new avenues for empowering teachers that could be adopted in other public school settings.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 09, 2015
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17890, Date Accessed: 6/25/2016 4:40:15 AM

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  • Richard Kahlenberg
    The Century Foundation
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    RICHARD D. KAHLENBERG is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation.
  • Halley Potter
    The Century Foundation
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    HALLEY POTTER is a Fellow at The Century Foundation.
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