ERIC Number: ED426496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Designs for School-Site Reform: Charter Schools in New Mexico and Texas.
McGree, Kathleen M.; Mutchler, Sue E.; Meister, Gail R.
The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory produced a three-part series on the initiation of charter schools and their impact on education in the southwestern United States. This booklet marks the last of the series. It describes what early charter-school organizers in New Mexico and Texas proposed doing to create better learning environments for students, better working conditions for teachers, and more accountable and successful schools. The report is based on a systematic review of 24 approved charter-school applications in New Mexico and Texas. The review examines the proposed structures and programs in these schools against a framework--taken from James P. Connell's "First Things First"-- for successful school-site reform. The text highlights the extent to which charter-school designs in these states incorporate features that research and practice suggest will lead to meaningful change and improved educational outcomes for students. The analysis is organized to reveal trends and patterns within each state. The approach gives policymakers, educators, and parents a way to identify some of the educationally significant elements of the school environments that characterize early charter-school designs in New Mexico and Texas, highlighting these schools' potential to produce better educational outcomes for students. Four appendices describe legislative and charter-school information. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico; Texas