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ERIC Number: ED479888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 29
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Analyzing State Charter School Laws and Their Influence on the Formation of Charter Schools in the United States.
Witte, John F.; Shober, Arnold F.; Manna, Paul
This paper analyzes charter school state laws in terms of two general dimensions: (1) the flexibility, freedom, and support extended in the law; and (2) the degree of public accountability required of charter schools. The paper proposes a much more complex set of analyses of those laws than have been accomplished to date. After analyzing the empirical properties of the subscales, it briefly compares them to the widely used Center for Education Reform scale. It estimates which state characteristics appear to best predict flexibility and accountability. The paper examines the relationship between variance in laws, other independent variables and the number of charter schools established in a state. It finds that flexibility in laws along multiple dimensions is also highly correlated with high levels of required public accountability. It finds, however, a number of interesting relationships between the number of charters existing in states and the nature of their laws, as well as other demographic and political factors. Appended is sample item coding. (Contains 24 references, 18 notes, 7 tables, and 3 figures.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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