ERIC Number: ED410643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Parent Involvement in a Charter School.
Charter schools have developed in response to a demand for innovation in public education. Charter schools often begin with much parent and community involvement; yet, the role of parents is often unclear. This paper presents findings of a study that examined parent participation in one urban and one suburban charter school in the northeastern United States. Data were gathered from interviews with 10 parents (6 urban and 4 suburban), a questionnaire of 18 parents (8 urban and 10 suburban), and journals kept by 2 urban parents. Parents cited curriculum, technology, and character education as the reasons for sending their children to charter schools. However, the role of parent involvement remained unclear for some parents. The confusion and the resulting low parent involvement might be attributed to the vagueness of the term "open-door" policy or to parents' time constraints. Eight questions for future research regarding parent involvement are presented. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).