Celebrating American Education Week with Partnerships in Education: Charlotte County Public Schools

Today we continue our support of American Education Week by featuring Charlotte County Public Schools – a school district profiled in our Partnerships in Education report that has worked collaboratively with its teachers’ union to transform the lower-income district into one characterized by strong student achievement.

As our report shows, communities and students alike benefit from collaborative decision making in our schools. This is especially true in Charlotte County, Florida.  In 2002, the Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS) invited members of the community to join the Charlotte Florida Education Association (CFEA) in constructing a comprehensive vision for the district. Together, they created a labor-management partnership, entitled “Student Success,” that works together to establish core curriculums and the best teaching methods for all stages of learning-with a focus on priorities like student and family accountability, flexible on-site teams, and opportunities for students at all achievement levels.

The results of the partnership speak for themselves: Across all age groups, student achievement is up. As Dr. Doug Whittaker, CCPS superintendent of schools, put it, “Without the partnership with the unions, Charlotte County would not have the consistent improvement in student achievement that we have enjoyed for eight years.” CCPS is a testament to the benefit that labor-management partnerships have on students, and the communities they call home.

*Photo Courtesy of the National Education Association

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