ERIC Number: ED467228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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What's Public about Charter Schools? Lessons Learned about Choice and Accountability.
Miron, Gary; Nelson, Christopher
This book contains evidence about charter schools that can provide important data on evaluating this new public-private hybrid and its success at serving the core purpose of public education. The book focuses on charter schools in Michigan, which is regarded as having one of the most permissive charter laws in the country. The first three chapters provide a theoretical framework for, and the descriptive context of, the charter-school reform in Michigan. Chapter 4 analyzes charter-school finance in Michigan. The remainder of the book seeks to evaluate the "public-ness" of Michigan charter schools according to the definitions introduced in the first chapter. The last chapter summarizes evidence and provides an answer to the question, "What's public about charter schools?" These schools appear to be doing a reasonably good job of creating communities of teachers with commonly held educational viewpoints, but may be doing so at the expense of equitable access to the schools and student-achievement gains. Three appendices contain key historical developments in Michigan that affected public and private schooling, background and documentation for analysis of student achievement, and a list of education-management organizations and schools they operated in 2000-01. (Contains 157 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Privatization, Public Schools, School Choice
Corwin Press, Inc., A Sage Publications Company, 2455 Teller Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-7619-4538-5, $24.95; hardcover: ISBN-0-7619-4537-7, $65.95). Tel: 800-818-7243 (Toll Free); Fax: 800-417-2466 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.corwinpress.com.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Policymakers; Community; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan