ERIC Number: ED432536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Charter Schools Update. Educational Issues Policy Brief. Number 9.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
This policy brief analyzes state charter school laws in light of American Federation of Teachers criteria for strong legislation and examines current findings concerning whether charter schools are living up to the bright claims touted by their advocates or the dire consequences predicted by their foes. It also details emerging issues regarding the proliferation of these schools. Section 1, "Introduction," presents an overview of the issue. Section 2, "Evaluating State Charter School Laws," discusses what states are doing regarding charter schools. Section 3, "Are Charter Schools Meeting Expectations?" focuses on student achievement, who attends charter schools, whether charters are affecting public schools, whether charter schools are innovative, and whether charter schools are more accountable. Section 4, "Emerging Concerns," discusses privatization in charter schools and teacher retention. Section 5, "Oversight," explains the need for state support to hold charter schools accountable. Section 6, "Current Legislative Actions," examines how states have amended their legislation to make it easier to start charters, allow more than one chartering authority, and increase the number of charter schools. Section 7, "In Conclusion," summarizes lessons learned from the earliest charter schools. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Turnover, Nontraditional Education, State Legislation, Teacher Associations, Teachers, Unions
AFT Educational Issues Department, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001-2079
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.