Creating a national school system takes both long-term planning and a supply of excellent teachers and school leaders. But what else does it take to ensure that the ideal operating environment is in place in order for expansion to occur? What policies need to be in place to organize time, resources, and people most efficiently?
A national school network needs a centralized governance system, which contrasts with some states’ restrictive governance policies like “one school, one board.” Such policies can inhibit efficiency and increase bureaucracy, adversely impacting students. In Rocketship’s drive to creating a national school system, work is being done at all levels – local, state and national –to ensure policies, politics, community development and philanthropy are aligned and focused on what really matters: running great schools that meet the needs of every student, develop teachers and engage families.