ERIC Number: ED424648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
How Are School Districts Responding to Charter Laws and Charter Schools? A Study of Eight States and the District of Columbia.
This report provides findings from a study that aimed to identity: (1) the impact of charter schools on school districts; (2) the ways school districts had responded; and (3) whether districts had experienced systemic change as a result of charter laws and the opening of charter schools. The study was conducted in 1997, six years into the nation's experiment with charter schools. It focused on eight states and the District of Columbia and included case studies of 25 school districts affected by charter schools. The study revealed the following primary impacts: (1) the loss of students and often an accompanying loss of financing; (2) the loss of a particular kind of student to niche-focused charter schools; (3) the departure of significant numbers of disgruntled parents; (4) shifts in staff morale; (5) the redistribution of some central office administrators' time and increased challenges predicting student enrollment and planning grade-level placement. Of the 25 case-study districts in this research study, almost half (12 or 48%) had experienced either strong (five or 20%) or moderate (seven or 28%) impact from charter schools and slightly more than half (13 or 52%) had experienced either no impact (nine or 36%) or mild impact (four or 16%). Large urban districts had experienced significantly less impact from charters than rural, suburban, and small urban districts. (AA)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Influences, Nontraditional Education, Politics of Education, Responses, School Districts, School Law
PACE, 3653 Tolman Hall, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670 ($10).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education, Berkeley, CA.