ERIC Number: ED380872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota Charter Schools: A Research Report.
Urahn, Sue; Stewart, Dan
In 1991, Minnesota enacted ground-breaking legislation that authorized school districts to sponsor a limited number of charter schools. Implementation of the program was politically contentious, and the issue remains highly charged. This document presents findings of a study that examined the charter schools that were proposed and operating in early 1994 in Minnesota. Data were obtained from a review of charter-school documents from the Minnesota Department of Education; survey data collected in 1994 from superintendents, school board members, and parents; and site visits to the six charter schools operating in 1994. The study elicited information on charter-school proposals, general school characteristics, parent attitudes, problems, and policy implications. Findings indicate that 21 charter schools have been proposed in Minnesota; over one-half of those have been approved. In general, school boards approved proposals that targeted specific populations, particularly at-risk and special education students, and dropouts. School boards were philosophically divided in their opinions about charter schools. Parents of charter-school students were generally satisfied, particularly with curricula. Charter schools experienced problems with transportation, facilities, special-needs students, and relationships with school districts that ranged from neutral to antagonistic. Challenges to charter schools include questions about the extent of freedom from state regulation, accountability, the need for extensive planning, funding, and alternative transportation arrangements. Ten figures and six tables are included. Appendices contain background information on the six charter schools and Minnesota charter-school law (as it existed after the 1994 legislative session.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota House of Representatives, St. Paul. Research Dept.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota