Authorizer Conversations: Peng Chao on Balancing “Meaningful Support” and Autonomy


Authorizer Conversations: Peng Chao on Balancing “Meaningful Support” and Autonomy

In the next installment of Authorizer Conversations, NACSA’s interim VP of Policy, Veronica Brooks-Uy interviews Peng Chao, Executive Director of the Charter Schools Office at the School District of Philadelphia.

Peng shares his office’s vision for “meaningful support” and how they balance guidance and support with autonomy during school building closures due to COVID-19. Peng provides practical examples for authorizers to support their schools’ transition to remote learning. He also addresses the current and ongoing structural and systemic inequalities and how charter schools and authorizers can strive for equity.