Could adoption of judicious policies and practices in the charter sector create a million more excellent opportunities for students over the next decade? This report, prepared by Public Impact for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Charter School Growth Fund, makes recommendations that legislators, authorizers, and state education agencies can use to build a policy environment that will substantially increase the prevalence and impact of high-quality charter schools. The recommendations support four strategies to promote quality in the sector: differentiating charter operators based on performance, building system capacity to cultivate and support high-performing schools and networks, facilitating replication of high performers and accelerating closure of low performers.
About Joe Ableidinger
Joe Ableidinger is a senior consultant with Public Impact. He consults and leads project teams focused on a variety of education policy issues, including redesigning school models and teachers’ roles to extend the reach of excellent teachers, online and blended learning and emerging technologies in education, teacher and leader policy, school turnarounds, and charter schools. Before joining Public Impact, Mr. Ableidinger taught high school English with the Fulbright Program in Korea and started a family resource center at an underperforming elementary school as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Mr. Ableidinger received his B.A. with highest honors from Duke University, his master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his law degree with honors from Harvard Law School. Read more...
About Tim Field
Tim Field is a senior policy fellow with Public Impact. He consults and leads project teams to provide clients with research-based guidance on a wide range of policy and school management issues, including school turnarounds; charter school quality; and educator effectiveness, evaluation, retention, and compensation. Mr. Field is leading Public Impact’s work to support state education departments as they implement school turnaround strategies funded by the Race to the Top competition. Before joining Public Impact, Mr. Field was a regional director for the KIPP Foundation, where he provided coaching support to KIPP executive directors, coordinated internal and external resources, and provided quality oversight to ensure that KIPP regions are prepared to open and sustain high-performing schools in their communities. Before that, Mr. Field was the deputy chief of Charter, Partnership and New Schools with the School District of Philadelphia, where he designed and managed key elements of the district's Renaissance School initiative to turn around chronically failing schools. He began working for the Philadelphia schools as a resident from the Broad Foundation’s Residency in Urban Education, a national and highly selective two-year management development program that recruits and trains emerging leaders for senior management positions in public education. He earned his B.A. from Oberlin College, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.