Many thanks to Don Shalvey of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Aspire Schools for making the trip to Cleveland, and for the thoughtful words. As reported on Cleveland.com today:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Charter schools and school districts are “unlikely allies,” but can combine to give students better opportunities, a key advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation told a crowd of 400 Cleveland education supporters today.

Don Shalvey, a former superintendent and charter school founder, was in town as a guest of the Breakthrough charter school network to talk about Cleveland’s status as one of 21 cities nationally with a Gates-encouraged “compact” between the school district at charter schools.

He told the crowd filling the Windows on the River banquet facility in the Flats that he is encouraged by the district-charter cooperation in Cleveland and that the partnership can make both groups of schools better.

“If there’s going to be a standout place where districts and charters work together, why not Cleveland?” Shalvey said.

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