The Portfolio Model
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About the Entry
Chalkbeat won kudos from judges for its in-depth series about the rising influence and power of a network of organizations pushing public school districts to outsource school management - especially of low-performing schools - to charters.
- A ‘portfolio’ of schools? How a nationwide effort to disrupt urban school districts is gaining traction
- In Kansas City, national push for portfolio model gives way to local group with similar message, different methods
- Advocates of the portfolio model for improving schools say it works. Are they right?
- David Osborne wants more cities to run their schools like Indianapolis, but locals say that won’t be easy
- What an author’s visit to Memphis tells us about competing ideas for the district’s future
- Matt Barnum, Reporter, Chalkbeat
- Dylan Peers McCoy, Reporter, Chalkbeat
- Laura Kebede, Reporter, Chalkbeat
Comments from the Judges
“This series synthesized a large amount of research, seamlessly stitching together multiple (controversial) reform-y ideas. Chronicling the efforts of multiple cities, while talking with key players in those cities, revealed the struggles and the power-plays happening in the world of school intervention and turnaround.”
“Interesting look at the portfolio model, the kind of reforms I see emerging in other areas of the country.”