ERIC Number: ED428150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Behind the Charter School Myths. Research Paper Prepared for the National Issues in Education Initiative.
Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ottawa (Ontario).
The rapid expansion of charter schools would suggest that there is evidence of their effectiveness, but this is not the case. The lack of objective evidence of their success reinforces the claim that charter school reforms are political and ideological rather than educational reforms. The arguments in favor of charter schools have exploited some myths, and these myths have swayed some people whose goals are to strengthen the quality of public education. The following myths are addressed and countered: (1) there is a crisis in public education; (2) the charter school movement invented school choice; (3) charter schools make choice equally available to all; (4) the competition of market forces improves the quality of education; (5) charter schools improve curriculum, instruction, and student achievement; (6) charter schools promote equity; (7) results from charter schools have been favorable; (8) charter schools break the "gridlock" of bureaucracy; (9) teachers support charter schools; and (10) charter schools are an innovative educational reform. (Contains 67 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Political Influences, Public Schools, School Choice, School Effectiveness, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada