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Kim, Juli; Field, Tim; Hassel, Bryan C. – Public Impact, 2019
Across the United States, a movement to create a new kind of public school--"autonomous district schools"--is giving districts the freedoms charter schools receive. Like charter schools, autonomous district schools are freed from innovation-inhibiting state and district policies, allowing talented educators to make academic and…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Public Schools, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement
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Fife, Brian L. – Global Education Review, 2016
The common school philosophy of the nineteenth century in the United States is revisited from a contemporary perspective. Is the basic ethos of the philosophy of Horace Mann and others still relevant today? This question is examined and applied to the conservative advocacy of free markets, individual freedom, and school choice in order to assess…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Philosophy, Educational History, Advocacy
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Rhim, Lauren Morando; Lancet, Stephanie – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2018
Charter schools--public schools that receive greater autonomy from district and state regulations in return for greater accountability--present opportunities to provide exemplary and innovative supports and services to students with disabilities. Charter schools' freedom to innovate enables them to create and offer new models and practices, which…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Public Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Innovation
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Rhim, Lauren Morando; Lancet, Stephanie – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2018
Charter schools--public schools that receive greater autonomy from district and state regulations in return for greater accountability--present opportunities to provide exemplary and innovative supports and services to students with disabilities. Charter schools' freedom to innovate enables them to create and offer new models and practices, much…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Public Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Innovation
Garcia, David R. – MIT Press, 2018
The issues and arguments surrounding school choice are sometimes hijacked to make political points about government control, democratic ideals, the public good, and privatization. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, David Garcia avoids partisan arguments to offer an accessible, objective, and comprehensive guide to school…
Descriptors: School Choice, Home Schooling, Private Schools, Magnet Schools
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
At a time when many states are adopting controversial measures to launch or expand private school vouchers, Republicans in Michigan are taking a different direction, moving ahead with a plan that would greatly expand the menu of public school choices for students and parents. GOP lawmakers, who control both state legislative chambers, have…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Choice, Charter Schools, Electronic Learning
Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2014
As voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs have expanded in recent years, another promising development has been the incorporation, into more such programs, of provisions that hold participating private schools to account for their students' performance. The newest and largest voucher programs, such as those in Louisiana and Indiana, have gone…
Descriptors: Accountability, Private Schools, School Choice, Educational Vouchers
Abdulkadiroglu, Atila; Angrist, Joshua; Dynarski, Susan; Kane, Thomas J.; Pathak, Parag – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2009
Charter schools are publicly funded but operate outside the regulatory framework and collective bargaining agreements characteristic of traditional public schools. In return for this freedom, charter schools are subject to heightened accountability. This paper estimates the impact of charter school attendance on student achievement using data from…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Attendance Patterns, Collective Bargaining, Scores
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Ness, Molly – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2005
When school bells ring to mark the start of the 2005-2006 academic year, the District of Columbia's Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School will welcome more than 200 elementary students, as well as a new teacher: First Daughter Jenna Bush. Statements released by the White House announced Jenna's decision to put her college…
Descriptors: School Districts, Charter Schools, Elementary Schools, Educational Environment
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Durst, Anne – Teachers College Record, 2005
While teaching in a California charter school in the late 1990s, I had the experience of working one year under the dictates of a highly scripted curricular program and the next year in the absence of an effectively crafted instructional plan. In both cases it proved difficult for teachers to provide quality instruction to students. In an effort…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Educational Innovation, Laboratory Schools, Intellectual Freedom
2002
This paper focuses on how charter schools offer new opportunities for student achievement, parent participation in school governance, and teacher empowerment and freedom. Public charter schools are independent public schools that ensure accountability, offer choices, involve parents, and encourage innovation. The paper describes myths about…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
MacAllum, Keith; Johnson, Amy Bell – 2002
The Central Educational Center (CEC) in Newnan, Georgia, is a unique partnership of local businesses and industries, the Coweta County Schools, and West Central Technical College. The CEC's programs were designed to address key concerns of Coweta County educators, parents, business owners and managers, college administrators, and students. The…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Adjustment (to Environment), Articulation (Education)
Corwin, Ronald G., Ed.; Flaherty, John F., Ed. – 1995
The charter-schools movement provides the opportunity to observe whether granting schools freedom from most state regulations actually produces more freedom for school administrators and teachers, and whether this autonomy produces other distinctive outcomes. This report summarizes findings of Southwest Regional Laboratory's (SWRL's) statewide…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Charter Schools, Contracts, Educational Innovation
Hassel, Bryan; Lin, Margaret – 2001
As the charter-school option has expanded across the country, contracting for educational management services is an increasingly available and attractive choice for charter-school governing boards and founding groups. To make contractual relationships work well, charter-school boards need to strike an effective balance between fulfilling their…
Descriptors: Accountability, Administration, Administrative Organization, Charter Schools
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. – 1998
This document summarizes annual reports provided by Massachusetts' charter schools. It is supplemented with information from reports required of all public schools in the state and provides profiles of the 24 charter schools that were operating in 1997-98. The report opens with an overview of the four common features of charter schools--freedom,…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Charter Schools, Educational Assessment, Educational Innovation