Recently, the Washington Post wrote an article titled “to improve schools, let teachers run them”, about 70 U.S. schools that are completely teacher run, where kids are engaged and achieving.Not all the teacher-led charters have been successes though:
Here is the rub. They are charter schools.
Teacher unions see charter schools as a threat to their existence, but they could also provide some opportunities to improve the status of teachers in the public eye. Imagine, for example, a professional arm of the PPTA setting up a fund to sponsor a group of teachers to start New Zealand’s first teacher-led charter school.
This hardly damns the model, so long as the system can expeditiously identify failures and either fix or close them. But it does not speak well of the operator.