ERIC Number: ED435518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools: The Perspective from AEL's Region. AEL Policy Briefs.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
A charter school is a public school that is operated under a detailed contract with a public agency and that may be exempt from many state and local regulations. This policy brief provides a brief overview of charter school characteristics and legislation, and discusses the concerns of policymakers in four states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Following a definition of charter schools, viewpoints for and against charter schools are examined. A profile of charter schools points out that most are small, are nongraded or nontraditional in grade configuration, and have student demographics similar to other public schools. Governance is determined by state legislation, and the extent of charter school autonomy varies widely. Issues that policymakers must address in charter school legislation are listed. Results of research on charter school effectiveness have been mixed. The following concerns are specific to the four-state region: the rural nature of much of the region, which creates problems related to facilities and transportation; issues related to equity of school funding; and the above-average number of special education students in the region. The status of charter school legislation in each of the states is described. Sidebars discuss vouchers, examine how federal criteria affect funding for state and local charter school proposals, and list related Web sites. (Contains 31 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Characteristics, Small Schools, State Legislation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia