The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 allowed for the creation of Commonwealth and Horace Mann charter schools: new kinds of public schools, operating under five-year charters granted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and directly overseen by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). In part, charter schools were established to "stimulate the development of innovative programs within public education" and to provide "models for replication in other public schools."
This online database provides the means to search by charter school, topic, and keyword for information about the innovative best practices shared by charter schools and district partners. Each profile provides summary information about the practice or activity, web-based and other resources to support implementation, and contact information.
We also encourage you to read the Best Practices and Dissemination Activity Guide featuring several of these practices. We hope that showcasing these practices and partnerships can further the important dialogue that is necessary between educators in all types of public schools to support achievement at the highest levels for all students in the Commonwealth.