ERIC Number: ED412609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Basics of Charter Schools: A School Board Primer.
Saks, Judith B.
This report attempts to present a balanced discussion of several key issues in the charter school movement. Its goal is to help school board members, especially those in urban districts, assess the record of charter schools so far, and understand the complexity of the issues involved. The first chapter presents a brief legislative history of the movement and explains why the movement has attracted bipartisan political support. Chapter 2, "The National Landscape," describes variations in state law that are crucial to understanding the charter school movement. "Research Results," Chapter 3, finds that answers to the critical question of whether charter schools work are not readily forthcoming, both because the movement is young and because of uncertainty about ways to measure achievement. Chapter 4 offers "A Case Study of San Diego Charters" to show charter schools in the eighth largest urban school district in the United States. In Chapter 5, "The Impact of Charter Schools in School Reform," it is noted that as yet there is little hard evidence of systemic school reform as a result of the charter school movement. Chapter 6, "Teacher Union Response to Charter Schools," discusses changes in the unions' position from opposition to cautious acceptance of charter schools. Chapter 7 examines "The Role of School Boards in Existing Charter Laws" and discusses the importance of the exercise of school board authority over charter schools. Chapter 8 presents the perspectives of the National School Boards Association and its Council of Urban Boards of Education. These organizations suggest that charter schools are promising reform efforts, but not a panacea for problems in public education. (Contains 2 charts and 34 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Council of Urban Boards of Education.