Are charter schools truly innovative? The answer can depend on your definition

For decades, charter schools have been billed as “laboratories of innovation,” conjuring up images of teachers and administrators brainstorming and testing cutting-edge instruction that — if proven successful — could deliver salvation to urban education. But the track record of Massachusetts charter schools on innovation is mixed. While some charters are innovative, others simply strive to build high-quality schools using existing methods and do not necessarily invent new practices.

Match Charter Public School is highlighted for its innovative tutoring model that led to the creation of its own graduate school of education - "an unheard of move for a public school."

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