ERIC Number: ED468344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
What's Hot in School Governance: Takeovers, Charter Schools and P-16 Systems.
Craciun, Kirstin; Ziebarth, Todd
Takeovers, charter schools, and P-16 systems are three issues in educational reform that have recently received a great deal of attention. For each of these issues, this report examines state activity in 2001 and early 2002, explores recent research findings, and offers key questions for state policymakers to consider. Until recently, state laws allowed takeovers of districts because of fiscal mismanagement or academic deficiencies. In 2001, several states broadened the concept to allow takeovers on a school-by-school basis. Presently, 15 states allow for takeovers of schools. Charter-school laws are in place in 37 states. In 2001, 20 states amended their charter-school laws. As the charter-school movement evolves, state policymakers are debating legislation to either strengthen or weaken charter-school laws, and researchers are evaluating their impact on student achievement, accountability, and traditional schools and districts. P-16 systems are attempts to join early-learning, K-12, and postsecondary levels of public education to create a coherent, flexible continuum of public education. More than half the states reported working on some aspect of a P-16 system in 2001. But because the concept of P-16 systems is still so new, research on its effects is minimal. (Contains 34 references.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Charter Schools, College School Cooperation, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Higher Education, Policy Analysis, Public Education, Public Schools, Sanctions
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.