When schools or districts reach the end of the accountability clock, we have put laws in place to suspend local control and take over management.  Such districts are inevitably lower income, so who cares?  Innovation Schools or Innovation Zones can then be offered as one model, to allow us maximum control of resources.

Rather than continuing school closure campaigns, which ignite considerable public outrage, we’ll advance privatization by working within the system. Encouraging elected officials to establish “innovation” or “empowerment” zones will eliminate contractual protections for staff and students. This “Third Way” melds charter school approaches with public school operations, touting autonomy and flexibility but delivering no additional resources with which to do the work.

These initiatives open the door for districts to contract with outside management companies, while maintaining they are still “public.” Within these zones, significant changes can also be made to budget allocations, staffing levels, curriculum, assessment, even the length of the school day and year. Through the innovation concept we can promote competency-based, tech-centered curriculum and online “personalized” learning as a means of being “future ready” while doing more with less. We can also begin to disconnect student funding from “seat time” (time spent in a school building), which enables us to outsource instruction via credit flexibility to out-of-school partners and cyber instruction concept we can promote competency-based, tech-centered curriculum and online “personalized” learning as a means of being “future ready” while doing more with less. We can also begin to disconnect student funding from “seat time” (time spent in a school building), which enables us to outsource instruction via credit flexibility to out-of-school partners and cyber instruction.