ERIC Number: ED448504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools: The Other Public Schools. Themes in Education.
Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
This booklet provides an overview of charter schools. It is part of a series which attempts to provide stakeholders resources on education-related topics of interest. The text opens with a description of the defining characteristics of charter schools, as well as what is not a charter school. Charter schools are based on the belief that a public school can serve students more effectively when freed from most state and local regulations. The booklet provides a brief history of these schools, starting with the first charter schools founded in Minnesota. It also gives a national overview of the charter-school movement, stating that one-half of all 50 states have passed some type of charter-school legislation, resulting in the opening of over 1,100 charter schools through fall 1998. The document looks at the legislative issues and the general interests that affect charters, along with other considerations, such as multiple sponsors, teacher certification, collective bargaining, funding, and special education. The bulk of the text features a state-by-state profile of the charter-school movement in the northeastern United States and includes contact information. The booklet closes with a list of frequently asked questions. (Contains 36 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Nontraditional Education, School Choice, State Government
LAB at Brown University, The Education Alliance, 222 Richmond Street, Suite 300, Providence, RI 02903-4226. Tel: 800-521-9550 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.