ERIC Number: ED455578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Challenge and Opportunity: The Impact of Charter Schools on School Districts. A Report of the National Study of Charter Schools.
Ericson, John; Silverman, Debra; Berman, Paul; Nelson, Beryl; Solomon, Debra
This report examines the operational and educational changes that school administrators attribute to charter schools. It is part of the U.S. Department of Education's 4-year study to document and analyze the charter-school movement. The study asked two questions: What changes have districts made in district operations and district education that can be attributed to charter schools? and Under what conditions do charter schools affect change in district operations and district education? To answer these questions, researchers conducted in-depth site visits in 14 school districts and interviewed by telephone administrators in 35 other districts. The results indicate that every district in the study reported being affected by charter schools and, accordingly, had made operational changes. Nearly half of the district leaders believed that their diminished budgets were attributable to charter schools and had begun tracking the number of students who attended these schools. Likewise, almost half of these leaders reported becoming more customer-service oriented, increasing their marketing and public-relations efforts, or heightening their frequency of communication with parents. Most districts also implemented new educational programs, made changes in educational structures in district schools, and/or created new schools with programs that were similar to those in the local charter schools. (Contains 20 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Charter Schools, Economic Impact, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, School Choice, School Districts
ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/studies.html#charter.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RPP International, Emeryville, CA.
Note: With support from the Institute for Responsive Education.