ERIC Number: ED409621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
A Study of Charter Schools. First-Year Report, 1997. Executive Summary.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.; RPP International, Emeryville, CA.
In response to widespread demands for better public education and for more choice among public schools, a number of state legislatures in the early 1990s permitted educators and local communities to develop "charter" schools. This report presents the first-year findings of the National Study of Charter Schools, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The study is a 4-year research effort to document and analyze the charter-school movement. Data were derived from telephone interviews conducted in 1996 with 225 of the 252 charter schools in operation and from field visits to 42 of the 93 schools that had been open for at least 1 year in 1996. The data show that charter schools are extremely diverse because of state and local factors; that states play a prominent role in defining the possibilities of charter schools; that most charter schools are small, but they serve racially and economically diverse student populations; that charters provide the opportunity to pursue educational goals that can be reached more effectively with fewer restrictions and stable financial support; and that new charter schools face challenges commonly encountered by beginning businesses, including startup costs, time for planning, cash flow constraints, and recruitment of staff and students. Five tables and one figure are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.; RPP International, Emeryville, CA.
Note: For full report summarized here, see EA 028 475.