ERIC Number: ED480551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Schools: New Charter Schools across the Country and in the District of Columbia Face Similar Start-Up Challenges. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
This study analyzed federal and state charter school laws, addressing challenges faced by charter school startups nationwide, state resources available to address these challenges, and how the District of Columbia compares in terms of charter school challenges and resources. Data came from interviews with Department of Education officials, charter school policy experts, and charter school advocates; reviews of various national studies and surveys of charter schools; site visits to District schools; analysis of District and federal laws affecting charter schools; interviews with public and school officials; and a discussion group with District charter school experts and founders. The three greatest challenges facing new charter schools were securing a facility, obtaining startup funding, and acquiring the expertise necessary to run a charter school. Several federal, state, and local programs are available to help charter schools address these challenges. Challenges facing District schools are similar to those nationwide, although obtaining facilities is particularly difficult in the District due to the cost of real estate and poor conditions of available buildings. To offset this, the District provides charter schools with various forms of assistance. Five appendixes include study methodology, charter school data, and GAO contacts. (SM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Public Schools, State Legislation
United States General Accounting Office, 441 G Street,N.W., Room LM, Washington, DC 20548. Tel: 202-512-6000; Fax: 202-512-6061.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia