Imagine a group of teach­ers and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers run­ning your local school, decid­ing school cal­en­dars and set­ting staff work hours inde­pen­dent from their district’s cen­tral office.  This type of self-gov­ern­ing mod­el is prov­ing effec­tive in improv­ing stu­dent per­for­mance.  Ultimately the teach­ers have more con­trol over their work and are more invest­ed in pro­duc­ing high-per­form­ing stu­dents.  Through a gen­er­ous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, over 40 teacher- gov­erned schools have been estab­lished around the nation.  Read about how Minneapolis is imple­ment­ing this mod­el from the Star Tribune, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

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