ERIC Number: ED421797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Selecting High-Quality Charter Schools: What Policymakers Can Do. SERVE Policy Brief.
This policy brief describes how legislation can ensure that high-quality charter schools emerge from the chartering process. State legislatures do not decide which applicants receive charters, but leave these choices up to "chartering entities" (state and local boards of education) by giving them the power to grant charters. However, state laws set the framework within which chartering entities make their decisions and can significantly affect school selection and quality. Five critical elements influence charter-school selection: who may apply, who may issue charters, how many charter schools are permitted, the criteria for obtaining a charter, and selection-process details. Charter laws in SERVE states (Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina) vary widely on numbers of charter schools allowed, but all five laws either state or imply that chartering entities should closely examine the school's educational program, instructional methods, performance goals, plans for measuring progress, and governance structure. All laws but Florida's ask reviewers to consider the school's plan to involve parents, teachers, and others in designing, managing, or evaluating the school. There are three types of selection processes (annual cycles, restricted rolling, and unrestricted rolling). There are unresolved policy issues in SERVE states. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.