Presentation to Small School Leaders Understanding and Addressing Legal Obstacles to Small School Operations in Washington State Kelly Warner-King and Mitch Price Introduction The Gates Foundation asked us to:
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Understanding and AddressingLegal Obstacles to Small School Operationsin Washington StateKelly Warner-King and Mitch Price
Five key attributes of successful small schools
For each attribute
Suggestions for state-level reforms
“The greatest inhibitor to a small school’s ability to realize its potential is lack of autonomy.”
Successful small schools are distinctive and focused, rather than comprehensive. They do not try to be all things to all people.
“Policy by exception”
Suggestions for Systemic Reform