Opportunity to Participate in Important Upcoming USC Study - April 2016

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February 26, 2016 Over the next 18 months, a team of researchers from the University of Southern California, Montclair State University, and Tulane University will be conducting a study of three cities (Los Angeles, Denver, and New Orleans) in which a diverse array of publicly funded schools exist (including traditional district-run schools, standalone charter schools, and charter schools operated by charter management organizations). The team is working to better understand the ways in which these cities are enabling a system of diverse school options for students and how these efforts are associated with educator practice and outcomes for students, educators, and schools. This research is being funded by the Spencer Foundation. More information about the study is contained in the attached letter from CCSA as well as the attached PDF entitled "USC Spencer Study Overview." We believe that this is an important study, and has the potential to inform policy and practice surrounding school governance and operations locally and nationally. We encourage you to participate with these researchers to the best of your ability.