ERIC Number: ED426482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Charter Schools: The Challenge to Public Education.
Lockwood, Anne Turnbaugh
New Leaders for Tomorrow's Schools, v4 n2 Fall 1997
Over the past few years, charter schools have received dramatic popular support. An overview of charter schools, including the arguments of their supporters and critics, is presented in this report. The text presents assumptions about the charter movement and discusses their strengths and weaknesses through a research-based synthesis. Advocates of charter schools claim that these schools illustrate the brute power of the market economy and that its principles can be applied to public schools. Critics, though, point to the tremendous variability of charter schools, and warn that it will be difficult to pinpoint educational outcomes when educational programs differ greatly from school to school. Interviews with Bruno V. Manno, Joe Schneider, Andrea Di Lorenzo, and Alex Medler, four individuals who have differing perspectives on charter schools are provided. In these interviews the misconceptions, concerns, purpose, evaluation, parental involvement, and broad educational purposes of charter schools are all addressed. It is hoped that the overview and interviews will expand available knowledge about schools and inform the current debate. A brief self-evaluation tool for school staff who are considering the option of charter schools is presented, followed by a selected 30-item bibliography of references and Internet sites that provide more information on charter schools. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Criticism, Debate, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Program Implementation, Public Schools
Web site: http://www.ncrel.org/cscd/pubs/newlead.htm
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.