ERIC Number: ED419294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Choice Matters: Policy Alternatives and Implications for Charter Schools.
The charter-school movement is a diverse and confusing collection of values, motives, beliefs, and assumptions. To help ease the confusion surrounding charter schools, an outline of the general purposes of the charter-school movement and the values behind these purposes are presented in this booklet. The intent is to provide a structure for productive policy discussion. Through the analysis of various stated purposes of the charter-school movement, four specific purposes or perspectives that focus on increasing student achievement are presented: (1) charter schools as the catalyst for systemwide change; (2) charter schools as the component of comprehensive education reform; (3) charter schools as a means to enhance individual equity; and (4) charter schools as a means to enhance group equity. The five chapters examine at length the rationale behind charter schools, asking whether they are simply a choice movement. Also discussed are the purposes and values behind charter schools, some policy alternatives and implications, and a matrix for policy perspectives and policy alternatives. The booklet concludes with a discussion of three general policy alternatives that appear integral to the success of the charter-school movement regardless of perspective. (Contains 25 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Policy Formation, School Choice, School Effectiveness
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204; phone: 503-275-9500.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR, Rural Education Program.