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ERIC Number: ED437459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools and the Compromise of Equity: An Evaluation of Colorado's Charter School Legislation.
Berv, Jason
The charter school legislation in Colorado and its implementation are reviewed and analyzed. As of September 1997, there were 50 charter schools in Colorado, enrolling more than 11,000 students. Evaluation of these schools shows some strengths and weaknesses of the charter school system as it is operating in Colorado. The state's Charter School Act is strong in its theoretical provisions for adequacy, accountability, and autonomy, but as implemented, the program's emphasis has been on accountability. Colorado consistently fails to attend to concerns of equity in the implementation of its charter school laws. Political self-interest in the charter schools debate has yielded legislative compromise at the expense of low-income neighborhoods. The financial hurdles in opening a charter school have the potential to act as insurmountable obstacles for charter-seeking groups from low-income communities. Funding solutions for start-up activities are necessary to begin to address equity issues in the Colorado charter schools. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado