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ERIC Number: ED528669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 95
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2007
Lake, Robin J., Ed.
Center on Reinventing Public Education
"Hopes, Fears, & Reality" was conceived as an annual exercise in providing objective evidence about what was going on in charter schools, how well they were doing, where they needed to improve, and what could be learned from the research on these new kinds of public schools. This is the third of these reports. Essays in the 2005 volume pointed to the need to insure that bad charter schools were closed, and explored the feasibility of using charter schools as replacements for low-performing traditional public schools. The 2006 volume explored how parents make charter school choices, how school districts cope with competition for students, how charter school and union leaders might find common ground, and a variety of ways to improve charter authorization and assessment. This year's review explores what is going on inside charter schools themselves: How are they organized and led? Who teaches in charter schools and how do their work and compensation differ from that of teachers in traditional public schools? Do charter schools seem to be meeting their original promises? Do charter school students experience anything different than students in traditional public schools? Chapters include figures and notes. Appended are: (1) About the Authors; and (2) Ten Notable Charter School Studies Published in 2007. (Contains 23 notes.)
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: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education