ERIC Number: ED484890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Bringing To Life the School Choice and Restructuring Requirements of NCLB. Closing Low-performing Schools and Reopening Them as Charter Schools: The Role of the State
Education Commission of the States
The "close-and-reopen" option, as it's called, has several distinct advantages. It provides an opportunity to enlist the interest and energy of the community in changing and improving an underachieving school. It serves as a mechanism for heightening the visibility and promoting the spread of promising practices across the public education system. And it gives low performing schools a powerful new tool ? the unique blend of autonomy and accountability that charter schools embody ? for addressing the difficult and diverse problems they typically face. Implementing the close-and-reopen options may be difficult politically, and carrying it out effectively may prove costly and time consuming. Careful consideration must be given to the nature and extent of the state's role in the process, and to ensuring the end result is fundamental and lasting improvement, rather than superficial change. This paper explores the challenges and potential benefits of the close-and-reopen option, and the role that states can and should play in its implementation.
Descriptors: School Choice, Public Education, Educational Change, Charter Schools, Federal Legislation
Education Commission of the States, 700 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-296-8332; Web site: www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.