ERIC Number: ED363009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools: A Glance at the Issues. Policy Brief.
Mulholland, Lori A.; Bierlein, Louann
A charter school is an autonomous entity that operates on the basis of a charter or contract between the individual or group (teachers, parents, and others) that organizes the school and its sponsor (local school board, county, or state board). Once granted a charter, the school receives educational formula-driven funding as though it were a public school district. This document provides an update of charter-school issues. The first sections define charter schools and describe charter-school experiences across the country--in Minnesota, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. Proponents argue that charter schools are voluntary and offer true decentralization, contract-based accountability, greater professional opportunities for teachers, and increased educational choices for students. The following key policy considerations are also examined: sponsorship, compliance with state laws/rules, the mechanics of funding, governance, overcoming resistance, the inclusion of private schools, the state role in providing technical assistance, and cost. A conclusion is that the potential benefits of establishing charter-school legislation outweigh the impending legislative policy battles. A matrix that compares charter-school laws is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.