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ERIC Number: ED530437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-10
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Review of "Public Charter Schools: A Great Value for Ohio's Public Education System"
Miron, Gary
Education and the Public Interest Center
This Buckeye Institute policy brief sets out to document problems and inequities in charter school finance in Ohio, but it falls short in providing a comprehensive presentation of evidence. It ignores relevant research literature and extensive findings from the official state evaluation. It incorrectly assumes that charter schools serve the same types of students and provide the same range of services, and it does so based on only partial revenues. Perhaps most troubling, the report's primary findings--that districts gain revenue for each student who attends a charter school and that there would be a net loss of revenues for districts if charter schools were closed--are based on an ungrounded and misleading interpretation of Ohio's mechanism for funding schools. To illustrate these problems, this review presents a comprehensive description of particular cost advantages and disadvantages that charter schools face. Such comprehensiveness is important for seeing through one-sided arguments from opponents or advocates that may not take into consideration the whole range of factors that affect the equitable distribution of revenues. (Contains a list of 30 notes and references.)
Education and the Public Interest Center. School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309. Tel: 303-447-EPIC; Fax: 303-492-7090; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, Education and the Public Interest Center; Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit
Identifiers - Location: Ohio