ERIC Number: ED420912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Charter School Update & Observations Regarding Initial Trends and Impacts. Policy Brief.
Bierlein, Louann A.; Mulholland, Lori A.
As charter schools continue to gain momentum, trends are becoming visible. Some of the issues surrounding this reform movement are discussed in this policy brief. It examines charter schools in 12 states, offering an overview of what these schools are and how they work. Of the myriad forms that have emerged, their strength or weakness is attributable to whether sponsors other than local boards are allowed to participate, the extent of automatic state law/rule exemptions granted, and the schools' degree of fiscal and legal autonomy. Some of the initial trends and impact of charters in these states are profiled, such as fears concerning elite schools and resegregation not coming true; "stronger" charter school law elements that make a difference; the unique community and/or business partnerships being formed that may lead to enhanced support for all public schools; unique learning environments being created; a larger percentage of existing funds being focused on instructional activities; ripple effects across the broader system becoming visible; the spreading knowledge of the charter concept; charter-school critics mounting more sophisticated opposition; and problems evident in the system. A grid is featured comparing types of charter-school laws. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.