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ERIC Number: ED532506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
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Better Choices: Charter Incubation as a Strategy for Improving the Charter School Sector. Policy Brief
Ableidinger, Joe; Kowal, Julie
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The twenty years since Minnesota passed the nation's first charter school law have seen a great expansion in school choice, with charters operating in all but ten states and enrolling nearly two million students nationwide. Yet while parents now enjoy more schooling options for their children, a disappointing number of charter schools fail to provide excellent educations. As an authorizer of charter schools in Ohio, we struggle daily with birthing and growing high-quality charter schools--which is why we find promising and underutilized approaches like charter incubation so appealing. In this policy brief, Public Impact's Joe Ableidinger and Julie Kowal examine the merits of the incubation model, outline specific strategies for supporting it, and profile organizations around the U.S. putting it into practice. The authors explain that through the strategic recruitment, selection, and training of talented leaders--and support of them as they launch or expand new charter schools--incubators offer charter school advocates an important tool in guaranteeing quality school choice. (Contains 75 endnotes.) [This policy brief was prepared by Public Impact for the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE-Trust) and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Identifiers - Location: United States