Charter Schools Do Well if They Can!

Lots in news lately about rates of suspension in charter schools. We have a window into this issue due to collaboration with several networks of charter schools in NYC and beyond. Historically, the “no excuses” emphasis in these schools may have seemed to foster a focus on academic rigor that contributed to impressive gains in achievement – for many students. But to some degree this may have been an artifact of zero-tolerance policies pushing the most at-risk students who didn’t have the skills to meet these high expectations out. Thus, we were thrilled to see some charter networks approach us interested in implementing Collaborative Problem Solving in hopes of meeting the needs of all kids, not just the ones with the skills to meet high expectations. Shifting the culture in our schools is not easy and takes time but charter schools do well if they can!