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ERIC Number: ED541301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
School Districts Choosing to Charter. Authorizer Issue Brief. Number 6
Lake, Robin
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1)
School district associations across the country have often opposed charter school legislation as strongly, or more strongly, than have teachers unions. They typically argue charter schools will threaten the tradition of local control of schools by elected officials, drain their financial resources, and distract them from pursuing "system-wide" reforms. Yet many school districts across the country have embraced charter schools as an integral part of their overall strategy for school improvement. This brief explores the reasons urban, suburban, and rural districts alike have taken an approach so different from their associations' typical political position by pursuing chartering as a school improvement strategy, and it offers suggestions for districts interested in pursuing the charter option. (Contains 4 endnotes and 2 resources.)
National Association of Charter School Authorizers. 105 West Adams Street Suite 3500, Chicago, IL 60603. Tel: 312-376-2300; Fax: 312-376-2400; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Washington