ERIC Number: ED471803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Approval Barrier to Suburban Charter Schools.
This paper examines why charter schools are largely confined to urban areas. It explores why three states--Colorado, New Jersey, and Connecticut--with high proportions of charter schools in the suburbs have had greater success in introducing charter schools than Illinois, even though all four states have approximately the same laws governing these schools. Nationally, the second biggest barrier to charter-school approval--after facilities and funding--is state or local opposition. The greater number of suburban charter schools in the three states described here are due to a supportive state administration and the availability of an alternative approval process above the local school district. Such support is crucial for suburban charter approval since parent groups in the suburbs are not as organized as those in the cities; thus suburban groups must rely heavily on state support. Furthermore, smaller suburban districts cannot easily absorb the financial impact of charter schools. States such as Colorado, with rapidly growing suburbs, can more readily adjust to the loss of students to charter schools. If a local district views charter schools as unwanted competition, and the district is empowered to make decisions on charter applications, then that district will not have many such schools. (Contains 29 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Program Implementation, Resistance to Change, School Policy, Suburban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Connecticut; New Jersey