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ERIC Number: ED436856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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Charter School Governance.
Borsa, John; Ahmed, Marcus; Perry, Karen
This paper reports and analyzes data related to the governance of charter schools. The report focuses on recent reform movements in charter schools, analyzing these schools' strengths and weaknesses. For the study, 531 questionnaires were sent to all charter school directors listed in the 1996/1997 Charter School Directory and to randomly selected new member directors identified in the 1997/1998 Charter School Directory. A total of 180 questionnaires were returned. Demographic data show that 60 percent of charter-school students were white, 17 percent were African-American, 4 percent were Asian, 11 percent were Pacific Islander, 19 percent were Hispanic, and 2 percent were other. Among the findings, 34 percent of respondents indicated that legal services were available, and 29 percent reported the availability of training programs in the state. In regards to discipline, many charter schools do not follow the same discipline procedures as those followed by the local school district. Study participants reported concerns that were clustered around four basic areas: the lack of acceptance of charter schools as full partners, the lack of support by local districts of charter schools, the lack of research-based practices, and the scarcity of startup support. Another major concern was the tepidness of local support for charter schools. (Contains 11 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (53rd, Jackson Hole, WY, August 10-14, 1999).