Policy Must Open to Innovation

State and district policy must ensure a real delegation of meaningful authority to schools and teachers in both the district and chartered sectors of public education and allow the freedom to depart from the givens of traditional school.

But, policy does not force change on anyone. Those continually improving the conventional model of school can continue. Gradually, as teachers use their autonomy to adapt learning, and as families chose better options for students, more and more schools will move to different and better approaches to learning.

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  1. Policy gives autonomy to schools and teachers, in exchange for accountability
  2. Policy opens to new school options, and lets families choose among them
  3. Not all schools must innovate; some continuously improve the conventional model