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ERIC Number: ED516844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Charter Management Organizations: Innovations, Opportunities, and Challenges. Research Brief
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Over the past two decades, charter management organizations (CMOs) have become a significant force in the public K-12 charter school landscape. CMOs, nonprofit entities that directly manage public charter schools, are meant to meld the benefits of school districts--including economies of scale, collaboration among similar schools, and support structures--with the autonomies and entrepreneurial drive of the charter sector. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the major philanthropies funding charter schools invested heavily in CMOs and similar organizations, spending an estimated total of $500 million between 1999 and 2009. Their investments have been targeted to specific urban school districts that have been considered difficult, if not impossible, to reform. In recent years, the strong reputations of CMOs in many of these districts (e.g., New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles) have led policy leaders, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to call for greater replication of high-performing charter schools via CMOs, especially as a strategy for turning around or replacing chronically low-performing public schools. Despite the amount of investment and policy attention, there has been limited research to assess the impact of CMOs and their potential for improving public schools at scale. The National Study of Charter Management Organization Effectiveness was designed to better understand which practices and contextual factors are associated with CMO impacts. This brief presents findings from the study's interim report; the final report (which includes student achievement analysis) will be issued in the summer of 2011. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Walton Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Identifiers - Location: United States