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ERIC Number: ED399634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-3
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools in Alberta.
Bosetti, Lynn
At the heart of the controversy over public education in a democratic system is the tension between majority rules and minority rights, and public and individual interests. This contextual framework sets the stage for the emergence of charter schools in Alberta, Canada. This paper describes the establishment and characteristics of the first charter schools in Alberta, issues and concerns about charter schools in the province, the components of their charters, and problems and obstacles that each of the three schools has faced. A 1993 report released by Alberta Education cites the absence of competition as the primary reason "for the failure of public schools to provide the level of excellence in education necessary for success in an increasingly competitive society." The three schools include: (1) a school for street youth--Boyle Street Co-op Education Centre, Edmonton, Canada; (2) Education for the Gifted (EFG) Charter School, Elk Island School Division, Sherwood Park, Canada; and (3) ABC School for the Gifted and Talented, Calgary, Canada. Although charter schools in Canada are still in the early stages of implementation, they have had a significant impact on public education by making educators reevaluate public education and its role in society. Some school boards have recognized that charter schools provide options for students whose needs are not being met in a traditional system and open access to students who otherwise might not afford the tuition fee. Finally, the new schools have not created a stratified education system. (Contains six references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada