ERIC Number: ED417458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools. Background Paper 97-1.
Kelly, Kelan J.
Unlike many proposed educational reforms in the United States, charter schools enjoy support from policymakers across the political spectrum, making such schools a major focus of public school reform among educators and legislators. The origin of charter schools and how these schools are affecting education is the subject of this background paper. It defines what charter schools are, from the idea's inception in the state of Minnesota, to the characteristics of charter schools. The paper presents arguments for and against these schools and examines the key financing issues confronting those who wish to start charter schools. A case study of charter school legislation in Nevada is presented to illustrate the process for one state. Research indicates that the two most important issues facing policymakers in this area are whether private schools should be allowed to convert to charter status, and thereby receive public money, and whether charter schools can meet community expectations while being held to state-set student performance levels. Such schools can afford educators the opportunity for freedom and innovation in teaching and school management but can present governance and oversight problems for local school districts and other sponsors. (Contains 10 references and an appendix.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, Carson City.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada