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ERIC Number: ED528667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 106
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2011
Lake, Robin J., Ed.; Gross, Betheny, Ed.
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Charter schools are public schools. Historically, however, the relationship between school districts and charters has been nonexistent at best, antagonistic at worst. As the charter sector continues to grow steadily, an analysis of the national landscape explores how that relationship needs to start changing--and where it already has. This year's 6th annual edition of "Hopes, Fears, & Reality" provides a clear roadmap for school districts and charter schools interested in working together to improve education options. The report explains the risks and technical challenges behind charter-district collaboration and provides powerful examples of how they can be overcome. The following chapters are included: (1) Assessing the Charter School Landscape (Betheny Gross, Melissa Bowen, and Katherine Martin); (2) Mastering Change: When Charter Schools and School Districts Embrace Strategic Partnership (Parker Baxter with Elizabeth Cooley Nelson); (3) Equal Access: Creating Fair and Transparent Assignment Systems (Tom DeWire); (4) Making Choice Work for Students With Special Needs (Robin J. Lake and Betheny Gross); (5) For Charter Schools and School Districts, Empty Space Equals Opportunity (Parker Baxter); (6) A New Path to Rapid Reform for Districts and States (Matt Candler); and (7) Creating Savvy Choosers: Informing Families About School Choices (Paul Teske). Individual chapters contain tables, figures and references.
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: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education