ERIC Number: ED345354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
What Can U.S. Charter Schools Learn from England's Grant-Maintained Schools?
Wohlstetter, Priscilla; Anderson, Lesley
In his America 2000 Education Strategy, President Bush proposed the establishment of a new generation of public schools--charter schools--as part of a long-term plan to achieve the six national education goals. As envisioned by the president, states will contract directly with "America 2000 Communities," conceived in the strategy as any group of people who can demonstrate a commitment to operate a school. Charter schools also have emerged on state policy agendas, and the nation's first charter school, a Montessori school in rural Minnesota, has been approved. In contrast, England's charter schools, known as grant-maintained schools, already have some history; so far 219 schools at all levels have opted out of the local authority since 1988. This paper highlights what has been learned about charter schools from England's experience over the past 3 years. Offered first is an overview of the charter school concept and how charter schools work in practice. Provided are specific lessons for policy makers and practitioners about strategies for success (i.e. conditions and types of support that are needed) and about some of the challenges that face charter schools in the 1990s. (13 endnotes) (RR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, New Brunswick, NJ.
Identifiers: Charter Schools; England
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).