ERIC Number: ED454599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
What Are Charter Schools?
ACCESS ERIC, Rockville, MD.
Charter schools are public schools operated under a charter (contract) between a public agency and groups of parents, teachers, school administrators, or others who want to create more alternatives and choice within the public school system. The contracted agencies are expected to produce agreed-upon levels of student achievement within a certain period (usually three to five years). If they don't, their sponsors may end their charters. Charter schools give parents, students, and educators public school alternatives based on the idea that competition will bring new educational ideas. This brochure provides an overview of the charter school movement's history and development up to the present time, and provides a short description of their varying structures, operations, student populations. Some of the arguments for and against charter schools are listed. A basic step-by-step procedure is presented allowing one to design and start a charter school in one's community. The brochure also lists organizational and Web site sources, and references for additional information. (Contains 14 references.) (RT)
For full text: http://www.accesseric.org/resources/parent/parent.html. ACCESS ERIC, 2277 Research Blvd., 7A, Rockville, MD 20850. Tel: 800-538-3742 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ACCESS ERIC, Rockville, MD.
Note: This brochure is based on the 1999 ERIC Digest "Charter Schools: An Approach for Rural Education," written by Timothy Collins, and the 1998 ERIC Digest "Charter Schools," written by Margaret Hadderman.