Slides from a June 3, 2014 forum at the Boston Foundation on a new report, The Path Forward: School Autonomy and Its Implications for the Future of Boston's Public Schools. The report was presented by Dr. Linda Nathan, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Boston Public Schools; David Rosenberg, manager and Practice Leader, Education Resource Strategies, and Dr. Michelle LaPointe, Consultant at the Center for Collaborative Education.
The report examined the differences between "traditional" schools in the Boston Public Schools and those given some level of autonomy through a number of different vehicles. It found that while more autonomous schools were achieving better results and were more popular among parents, they and traditional schools were handcuffed by systems that made it difficult for school leaders to be as flexible as they might with resources and decision making to improve student performance.
The report lays out seven recommendations for next steps to transform the Boston Public Schools into a new "system of schools" model, where building-level leaders would have the autonomy to make a wider array of decisions while the district moves into a strong support role.
The full report can be found on the Boston Foundation website at http://www.tbf.org/~/media/TBFOrg/Files/Reports/BPS_Report_2014_6-2-14.pdf - and the video of the forum can be found at: http://youtu.be/AW6uCQodRPE