ERIC Number: ED394198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools: Experiments in Reform.
By March 1994, eight states had adopted charter-school legislation. This report defines the charter-school concept and describes its advantages and disadvantages. Proponents argue that charter schools offer flexibility, decentralized decision making, a performance accountability, and school choice, and increased pressure for change. Opponents charge that charter schools are expensive and that they may reduce teacher salaries and disrupt existing desegregation plans. The report describes the charter-school experiences of eight states and one community--Minnesota, California, Colorado, Georgia Massachusetts, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Baltimore, Maryland. Data were gathered through interviews with one state-level policymaker or education department official from each state. To date, there are no empirical data describing the effects of charter schools on student achievement. The report describes Texas' provisions that incorporate aspects of charter-school philosophy and advocates charter schools for the Texas education system. Considerations to be worked out before attempting to develop charter schools are identified. One chart summarizes the status of implementation of charter-school legislation in the eight states. (Contains 15 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Legislative Budget Board, Austin.
Note: For an updated version of the report, see EA 027 523.