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ERIC Number: ED425543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 81
Abstractor: N/A
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New Jersey Charter Schools: The First Year, 1997-1998.
Kane, Pearl Rock
Thirteen charter schools were opened for the first time in New Jersey in 1997, and 23 new charter schools were approved for the following year. This study, prepared for the New Jersey Institute for School Innovation, provides information on the experience of the first year of charter schools' operation, the results of which may be useful in shaping policy and practice. The goal was to capture the responses to charter schools, both inside and outside the schools, and to show which challenges have to be met for the movement to succeed. To learn about the benefits and challenges of charter schools, interviews, site-visits, and survey research were employed. More than 200 people and all 13 charter schools and 9 local school districts participated in the interviews. With this information in mind, the study attempted to answer the following questions: (1) How are charter schools different from other public schools in New Jersey? (2) What are the attitudes, opinions, and experiences of those involved? (3) What issues and concerns have emerged after the first year? and (4) What have charter school constituents learned that may prove helpful for other founders of charter schools. Five appendixes include history of the charter school concept, interview protocols, site visit protocols, demographic survey, and research staff. (JMD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey