ERIC Number: ED361905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools: A New Breed of Public Schools.
Sautter, R. Craig
Policy Briefs, n2 1993
This policy brief clarifies the definition of charter schools and explores their place in school restructuring and reform by describing existing charter schools in Minnesota and California, examining legislative and contract guidelines, and discussing the future possibilities of charter schools. Charter schools are sponsor-created and administered, outcome-based public schools that operate under a contract between the school and the local school board or the state. Proponents argue that charter schools can broaden quality choice within public education, reach dropouts, replace failing schools, deal with the next enrollment boomlet, and provide innovative learning; they also point out that these schools are flexible and appealing to legislators. Some educators express concerns that charter schools will break up teacher unions and the public education system, divert financial resources from existing schools, and lessen accountability. Overviews are presented of the City Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota; national trends; and legislative provisions in California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Highlights are offered from interviews with the cofounder of the St. Paul City Academy, a rural and an urban superintendent, and the governor of Wisconsin. Information is also provided on the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory's Regional Policy Information Center. (LMI)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Innovation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Public Schools, School Restructuring, State Action, State Legislation
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60521-1480.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.