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ERIC Number: ED456524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 54
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Charter School Survey: Parents, Teachers, and Principals Speak Out.
Riley, Pamela A.
Three surveys assessing 100 California charter schools were conducted in 1997-98. Interviewees included teachers, principals, and parents. Findings include: 7 out of 10 charter-school principals report that their schools boast waiting lists; overall, parents selected the school's curriculum as their primary reason for selecting a charter; charter-school students share demographic and socioeconomic characteristics with students in the state's district schools; charter-school principals have been able to establish successfully strong school-parent relationships and have increased parental involvement in their children's education; student attendance and academic performance remarkably improve when the student is enrolled in a charter school; 96 percent of charter-school teachers are held accountable through an evaluation process, done usually annually; 70 percent of California's charter-school teachers spend time every week on school organization and development duties; and 65 percent of teachers deploy parent volunteers in the classroom. Survey results refute the charges of critics that charter schools are racially exclusive and "creaming" only the best, most advanced students. Results also demonstrate conclusively the positive impact of deregulation, local control, and increased autonomy, while also confirming that comprehensive choice is the path to truly meaningful educational reform. Three appendices describe the survey strategy and sample characteristics, and list interview questions. (RT)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Research Inst. for Public Policy, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California