ERIC Number: ED485355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Charter Schools in California: An Experiment Coming of Age
Edwards, Brian; Perry, Mary; Brazil, Noli; Studier, Carol
There is little doubt that charter schools in California are starting to get more attention from both their supporters and their detractors. This report provides an overview of where charter schools stand today in California and the context in which they will either thrive or struggle in the years to come. It includes a quick look at the origin and intent behind the charter school movement in the state and nationally, combined with information about how charter law and policy have evolved. Of particular importance is the question of how charter schools are funded, including the provisions for facilities. The report also presents vital statistics that give a sense of what the charter school community in the state looks like, including teachers and students. The idea of intervening in failing schools by making them charters raises a key question: To what degree are charter schools helping California students succeed academically? From the start, accountability for student outcomes was a central promise of the charter concept, and that promise is coming due. Even many of the movement?s staunchest supporters believe that charter schools need to pay more attention to their students? academic progress.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Educational Policy, Educational Finance, Special Education, Academic Achievement, Accountability, State Standards, Educational History, State Legislation, Governance
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.