ERIC Number: ED445398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Why Charter Schools? The Princeton Story.
Nappi, Chiara R.
This report describes the genesis of the Princeton Charter School. It discusses how a group of parents who wanted challenging standards and clearly stated expectations for their children attempted to reform their schools. These parents became locked in disagreement with those who believed that the new standards would not suit all children, especially some of those in minority groups. After trying to change the schools by serving on the school board and by trying to persuade educators, the reform-minded parents opted to start a charter school. The paper details the aspects of public education in Princeton that some parents found so objectionable, such as the lack of a sequential and systematic curriculum; the variance in children's learning experiences; and the absence of a challenging math program. It also outlines the efforts to change the schools by electing reformers to the school board and by hiring a like-minded superintendent, actions that met with resistance from teachers and the education union. The paper describes the reform-minded parents' decision to start their own school. It summarizes the new school's philosophy and the opposition that developed against the school. It concludes with an overview of how the Princeton Charter School is currently functioning. (RJM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Program Evaluation, School Choice
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey