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ERIC Number: EJ845772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
Considering Legal Identity as a Critical Variable of Interest in Charter Schools Research
Rhim, Lauren Morando; Ahearn, Eileen; Lange, Cheryl
Journal of School Choice, v1 n3 p115-122 2006
Fifteen years ago charter schools were considered a radical addition to the public education landscape. Today they present a viable educational choice in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Much has been written about charter schools, their purpose, effectiveness, and future. However, to date, much of the dialogue has focused on ideology and methodology resulting in a discussion framed as "charter vs. noncharter." Overlooked have been the more substantive issues that would provide a more accurate framework for studying charter schools. We propose that the education policy and research communities need to identify the critical variables in the charter schools sector that affect both student outcomes and education policy. One such major variable is the legal status of a charter school, that is, its identity as a local education agency (LEA) or as part of an existing LEA and the charter school's linkage to other parts of the public education system that flows from that identity. Differentiating charter schools according to their legal status will allow stakeholders to categorize these schools in a manner that succinctly captures critical differences. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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