ERIC Number: EJ918237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Big Charters Not Vying for "Restarts"
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v30 n22 p1, 14-15 Mar 2011
The author reports on the "restart" option in the federal school turnaround program which offer new opportunities for charter school operators. Some of the nation's largest and best-known charter-management organizations have not jumped at the opportunity to "restart" schools with federal economic-stimulus money, but a wide range of smaller charter operators, private for-profit companies, and nonprofit groups has filled the gap. Only about 5 percent of schools receiving School Improvement Grants as part of the federal economic-stimulus package chose to turn around schools with the widely touted restart model, the only option out of four that enables school districts to turn schools over to charter operators as part of the U.S. Department of Education's $3.5 billion grant competition. The small proportion of restarts is an indication that most school districts don't want to take on the political and implementation challenges of shutting down low-performing schools and starting over, said Todd Ziebarth, the vice president for state advocacy and support for the Washington-based National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Educational Policy, Organizational Change, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Nonprofit Organizations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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