ERIC Number: ED481428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
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The Influence of Founder Type on Charter School Structures and Operations.
Henig, Jeffrey R.; Holyoke, Thomas T.; Brown, Heath; Lacireno-Paquet, Natalie
Much of the literature on charter schools treats them as an undifferentiated mass. A typology of charter schools grounded in the norms, traditions, and perspectives of the founding organization or organizers is presented and tested in this paper. It is suggested that there are two broad categories of charter founders: (1) those who are more mission oriented, and (2) those who are more market oriented. These categories are further disaggregated into subtypes. Using data from a multistate survey of charter schools, the typology is tested by examining charter school behaviors related to choosing a theme and targeting, deciding upon the size and grade configuration, and marketing and market research behavior. Results were mixed. In some areas, evidence of a strong distinction between charter schools based on founder type was found. On the whole, little evidence of significant differences among the various types of mission oriented charter schools was found. Charter schools do not seem to engage in systematically different patterns of targeting, marketing, or market research behavior based on school type. It may be that the external environments in which schools operate, and core educational tasks that all schools must accomplish, impose similar patterns of behavior on charter schools regardless of their different organizational roots. (Contains 65 references, 27 notes, 1 figure, and 11 tables.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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