ERIC Number: ED425260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
So You Want To Start a Charter School? Strategic Advice for Applicants. Recommendations from an Expert Workshop.
Millot, Marc Dean; Lake, Robin J.
This report is a general guide for people planning a charter school. In September 1995 the Program on Reinventing Public Education, a collaborative effort of the University of Washington's Institute for Public Policy and Management and the RAND Institute for Education and Training, sponsored a workshop on charter school startup. This report results from that workshop. It is most relevant to charter schools in states where the charter school operators control at least some of the economic decisions affecting their school. The first section introduces some issues connected with charter schools. Section 2 provides advice on the expertise charter school founders need to integrate into their application and how to organize their applicant team. Section 3 discusses different approaches to designing the school and negotiating the charter. In section 4, the challenges a new charter holder will face while preparing to open are explored. The report concludes with recommendations for starting a charter school that serve as guiding principles for charter school founders. These recommendations are: (1) start with a strong team that holds a common vision and diverse expertise; (2) use outside experts; (3) be willing to adapt to changing needs; (4) view the charter application as a planning tool rather than a "hurdle" on the way to obtaining a charter; (5) institute well-defined roles and processes; (6) be proactive and anticipate potential problems rather than waiting to solve them as they arise; (7) stay focused on the school's mission; and (8) act like a trustee of the state's responsibility for public education. (SLD)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Choice, Workshops
Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington, Box 353060, Seattle, WA 98195-3060 ($5, includes printing, postage, and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Boeing Co., Seattle, WA.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Inst. for Education and Training.; Washington Univ., Seattle. Inst. for Public Policy and Management.