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ERIC Number: ED470929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 93
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Charters in Our Midst: The Impact of Charter Schools on School Districts. A National Discussion with Views from Rural and Urban School Districts. [Booklets with Audiotapes].
North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
Along with national standards, charter schools are one of the most significant forces in education reform today. To their proponents, charter schools are revolutionary forces that help bring public education to world-class standards of quality. To skeptics, however, these forces threaten to undermine, or even destroy, this country's 150-year old public education system. Yet, whatever the future holds for the charter-schools experiment, whether it succeeds or fails, its effects are being felt today. This package from the School Development Outreach Project sheds light on what is fast becoming a national debate about the value and impact of charter schools. It consists of a booklet of collected works, a booklet with frequently asked questions, and three audiocassette tapes. The main booklet consists of: "Charters in Our Midst: An Overview" (Nancy Fulford); "Are Charter Schools Productive Schools? Implications for Public Education" (Sabrina W.M. Lutz); "Accountability and Equity in Charter Schools: Trends in the U.S. and an Inside Look at Chicago's Plans" (Heidi Hulse Mickelsen); "Charter Schools as Change Agents: Will They Deliver?" (Nancy Fulford, Lenaya Raack, and Gail Sunderman); and "Charter Legislation and Contacts in the NCREL States." The other books is "Basic Charter Schools Questions" (Nancy Fulford and D. William Quinn). The tapes include the latest editions of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory's (NCREL) Rural Audio Journal and Urban Audio Journal, and one special tape entitled "A National Discussion." The materials are designed to help in understanding the nature of charter schools, the effects they are having on public education, and how local district officials are responding to them. (Contains 57 references.) (RT)
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1120 East Diehl Road, Suite 200, Naperville, IL 60563. Tel: 630-649-6500; Tel: 800-356-2735 (Toll Free); Fax: 630-649-6700; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Non-Print Media; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.