ERIC Number: ED427401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Charter Schools: A State Legislative Update. Research Today.
Charter schools are a growing phenomenon in American education. This legislative update provides information on the four states--Idaho, Missouri, Virginia, and Utah--that enacted charter-school laws during the 1998 legislative session, as well as information on legislative changes in other states with charter-school legislation. Charter schools are public schools that operate under a contract or charter so as to create alternatives and choice within the public-school system. The legislation passed in the states that most recently added charter schools varied, with each state having a different form of charter-school legislation. For example, in Idaho and Virginia, local school boards grant the charters. During the 1997-98 legislative session, several states changed already existing legislation. California increased its cap on charter schools and allowed charter schools to organize as nonprofit organizations. Florida created a charter-school-in-the-workplace program, and Georgia allowed the creation of new charter schools. Charter-school legislation was considered but not enacted in Indiana, Iowa, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington. Two charts list states with charter-school legislation by year of first enactment and provide a summary of key legislative provisions of charter-school laws in four states. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.