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JUNE 2014   
"This feels like potentially an historic moment for Boston Public Schools. What's required is a mindset shift. We need a system of schools." 

These comments from Mary Driscoll, principal of the Edison K-8 School in Boston Public Schools (BPS), capture the essence of an exciting new report, The Path Forward: School Autonomy and Its Implications for Boston's Public Schools. Capturing a year of collaborative research and discussion by ERS, the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE), and school and district leaders in Boston, the report explores how the district can balance school flexibility with accountability and support. We hope its findings and recommendations spur conversation about how school districts across the country can create the conditions for every school to succeed for every student.

Covered in The Boston Globe, WBUR, and EdWeek, this report is a call to action for how BPS can empower each school to meet the needs of its students, while the central office serves as strategic partner. Special thanks to Linda Nathan, Special Advisor to the Superintendent, and John McDonough, BPS Interim Superintendent, for their leadership in making this happen. Some findings and recommendations include:

  • At least half of school leaders surveyed want more flexibility in 25 different areas
  • Autonomy must be accompanied by accountability and support for school leaders

This report was the culmination of a year-long process involving ERS, CCE, and over 30 BPS leaders from the school to district level. It included interviews with over 100 stakeholders, rigorous data analysis, and a unique collaborative approach that participants called "exceptionally well-done."

Read about the experience �  


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The report's authors, BPS top administrators, and school leaders comment on how the process and findings of the report could change BPS.

Members of the team who contributed to the report talk about how "we're all in this together."


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Education Resource Strategies (ERS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming how urban school systems organize resources--people, time, and money--so that every school succeeds for every student.

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