Not necessarily. But today's Boston Globe reports that Gov. Deval Patrick is "set to propose a new form of public school that would assume unprecedented control over matters ranging from curriculum and hiring decisions to policies on school uniforms and the length of the school year." According to the story by Tania deLuzuriaga and Matt Viser, the new "readiness" schools would incorprate characteristics of charter schools and Boston's pilot schools, with an eye toward encouraging innovative teaching methods tailored to each school's student body.
The description sounds similar to that of the high-performing schools analyzed in "Held Back," Michael Jonas's cover story in the current issue of CommonWealth:
These so-called “high-performing, high-poverty” schools almost invariably combine three elements, says the report, no one of which can be left out of the equation. The first is termed “readiness to learn,” which means students are in a safe and inspired environment and have close relationships with teachers and other adult mentors. “Readiness to teach” means there is a “missionary zeal” among staff to boost student achievement and to work on their own professional development. Finally, the report says, these schools have a “readiness to act,” with school leaders having wide latitude to make “mission-driven” decisions on hiring, budget, and curriculum.