ERIC Number: ED451303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Growing Pains: An Evaluation of Charter Schools in the District of Columbia, 1999-2000.
Henig, Jeffrey R.; Holyoke, Thomas T.; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie; Moser, Michele
This report updates information on existing charter schools, the chartering authorities, and charter school support in the District of Columbia (DC), revisiting concerns raised in a previous report, discussing progress made toward resolution of problems, and addressing newly emerging issues. After an introduction and background, six sections examine: (1) "Patterns of Demand and Supply: Enrollment and School Configurations"; (2) "Charter School Funding Issues"; (3) "Facilities Acquisition Issues"; (4) "Governance and Political Issues" (charter authorities, school-level board of trustees, and political advocacy and return to local educational home rule); (5) "Emerging Issues and Controversies" (whether they are producing better test scores and organizational stability); and (6)"Implications and Recommendations." Demand for charter schools remains strong, though the rate at which new schools are opening is declining. The types of curricula offered by charter schools remain somewhat varied, but most charters are offering a general liberal arts curriculum, with newer schools emphasizing math, sciences, computers, and technical skills oriented around career placement. Charter schools are located throughout the city and serve primarily minority, low-income students. Certain funding problems continue to plague them, and many are having difficulty accessing the buildings they want. Charter school students overall are not performing as well as DC public school students. Teacher and principal turnover is a serious problem for charter schools. Appended is a history of DC's charter school movement. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Financial Support, Governance, Politics of Education, Public Schools, Urban Schools
Center for Washington Area Studies, The George Washington University, 805 21st Street, N.W., Media and Public Affairs Building 602, Washington, DC 20052 ($10). Tel: 202-994-5758; Web site: http://www.gwu.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Center for Washington Area Studies.