ERIC Number: EJ1051965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
What Happened to Charter Schools in Canada?
Equity & Excellence in Education, v48 n1 p105-117 2015
For 20 years, charter schools have held a precarious existence in Canada. Implemented in the province of Alberta in 1994, only a handful of charter schools remain in the entire nation. In this article, I explore the ideas of school choice and charter schooling and how they have largely disappeared as educational policy issues for Canadians. While reasons for this decline remain complex, I highlight the importance of some of the historical, cultural, regional, and political dimensions of education in Canada. School choice, generally, and charter schools, specifically, remain essentially a non-issue for Canadians today. In opposition to neoconservative and neoliberal efforts, Canadians have largely continued to support their public systems of schooling. The rejection of charter schools should represent a continued commitment to public education and the principles of equity and social justice.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Charter Schools, School Choice, Educational Policy, School Closing, Program Termination, Policy Analysis, Politics of Education, Educational Change, Unions, Teacher Associations, Equal Education, Political Attitudes, Educational Development, Educational History, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Excellence in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada