In Central Falls, Rhode Island about 40% of students were behind in reading. But the charter school in the neighborhood, Learning Community, was seeing much better results by doing frequent assessment and teaching students in skill-based groups.
Kudos to the leaders from Central Falls Elementary for acknowledging that there was something to be learned from the charter school where success was already evident. Across the country, this is a huge hurdle for many noncharter public schools that have negative perceptions of charter schools. Oftentimes, this negativity stems from an acrimonious charter school hearing process or simply the at-will nature of charter school employment practices.
It's always nice to hear about a community that prioritizes the academic success of students over the barriers established by adults!