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ERIC Number: ED444234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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Letting a Thousand Flowers (and Weeds) Bloom: The Charter Story in Arizona.
Hess, Frederick M.; Maranto, Robert
This paper examines the genesis of Arizona's charter school law and discusses the key features of that law. Drawing on published sources and interviews conducted from November 1997 to March 2000 with 46 Arizona educators and policymakers, the paper details the conditions that prompted the broad push for charter schools. The text describes the state's political landscape, the concerted effort that was required to pass a charter school law, and the confusion that surrounded the sudden implementation of the law. It describes how charter operators were relatively unconstrained in determining their curricula, the variation among schools, and the type of students who typically attend these schools. Information on oversight and accountability is supplied, along with descriptions of efforts by public schools to compete for students and the negative responses engendered by such competition. The article claims that the Arizona experience vivifies the significance of charter schooling, and it outlines how the political success of charter school advocates reshaped the way policymakers and educators discuss accountability and schooling, encouraging those wishing to put more emphasis on outputs and less on inputs. However, it is not yet clear whether charter schools do a better job of educating students than do district schools. (Contains 27 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona