ERIC Number: ED356540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools. Policy Bulletin.
Williams, Scott; Buechler, Mark
Charter schools have been proposed as a compromise between public-school choice and voucher programs and as a way to promote innovation without privatizing education. The schools are largely free of bureaucratic supervision; in return, the schools agree to be held accountable for student performance levels. Two states, California and Minnesota, have passed legislation to allow charter schools. In Minnesota the legislation limits the number of charter schools to eight statewide, authorizes only licensed teachers to teach in charter schools, and restricts sponsorship to local school boards. An existing private school may apply for charter school status. California allows 100 charter schools statewide, but no more than 10 per district. In California, existing private schools are expressly forbidden from becoming charter schools. At least nine states and several cities have considered charter school initiatives. The nest way to judge the charter school movement may be to observe the variety and quality of schools that emerge in Minnesota and California over the next couple of years and how they meet the demands for deregulation, teacher empowerment, and dramatic educational changes. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Education Policy Center.
Identifiers - Location: California; Minnesota