ERIC Number: EJ1145454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Is the Federal Government in the Business of Improving Charter Schools? An Investigation of the Unintended Consequences of ESEA Waivers
Weiner, Jennie; Dougherty, Shaun M.
Planning and Changing, v47 n1-2 p101-117 2016
This study investigates how recent policies employed under states' waivers to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) intersect with charter schools' purpose and functioning. By collecting and analyzing all ESEA waivers granted in 2013, we find that charter schools are disproportionately represented among schools as identified in the priority and focus areas in ESEA waiver states. Additionally, we find that the elements often argued to enable charters to be innovative are the very same ones being challenged by the ESEA waiver interventions associated with poor performance. Taken together, these findings suggest a need for further consideration of both how low performing charter schools come to persist as well as how states and districts may best intervene when such low performance occurs.
Descriptors: Federal Government, Charter Schools, Government Role, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Policy Analysis, Low Achievement, School Effectiveness, Intervention, Compliance (Legal), Educational Innovation, Alignment (Education), Educational History, Institutional Autonomy, Academic Support Services, Organizational Change, Human Capital, Governance, School Statistics, Eligibility, Mixed Methods Research
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. College of Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5900, Normal, IL 61790-5900. Tel: 309-438-2399; Fax: 309-438-8683; Web site: http://education.illinoisstate.edu/planning/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act