ERIC Number: ED359662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools: A Viable Reform Initiative.
Bierlein, Louann; Mulholland, Lori
To date, only two states (Minnesota and California) have passed charter-school legislation. This report presents details from these two states regarding charter-school formation, including roles played by teachers and organizers, by local school boards as sponsors, and by county or state officials in providing an appeals process and technical assistance. Statutory requirements, legal responsibilities, funding mechanisms, and employment issues (hiring and dismissal, collective bargaining, and job security) are also detailed. The report offers recommendations to policymakers considering potential charter-school legislation and analyzes the following questions: Who should sponsor? Which state laws/rules should remain?; What about the mechanics of funding? Who should govern? How can resistance be overcome? What about private school inclusion? Do charter schools conflict with consolidation efforts? What role should the sate play? and Will charter schools cost more? A conclusion is that charter schools appear to be a viable reform initiative, especially for states considering school choice, decentralization, and/or more innovative accountability systems. Findings suggest that benefits outweigh the impending policy battles. Appendices contain a comparison of Minnesota and California charter-school laws and copies of Minnesota's outcome-based school legislation (1991) and California's charter-school legislation (1992). (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: California; Minnesota