ERIC Number: ED388749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Charter Schools: An Experiment in School Reform. ASPIRA Issue Brief.
Dittmar, Belinda Corazon; And Others
Charter schools incorporate the focus of magnet schools but often go beyond their academic specialization to more social goals. They can operate at both elementary and secondary levels, although they are always quite small. The greatest difference, however, between charter schools and other public schools is their status as a bridge between public and private institutions. Charter schools operate on a charter, or contract, between the school's founders and the state government or school district. They are largely exempt from school board regulations, promising improvement in student performance in exchange for the freedom to experiment with innovative approaches to learning. Some case studies illustrate urban charter schools in action. Concerns about charter schools can be grouped into concerns about: (1) accountability; (2) jurisdiction; (3) funding; (4) privatization; (5) discrimination; and (6) impact on other public schools. Review of these concerns and an exploration of the opportunities charter schools can provide lead to the conclusion that the experimental nature of charter schools is both their greatest risk and their greatest strength. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Case Studies, Charter Schools, Educational Change, Educational Experiments, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Experiments, Institutional Autonomy, Magnet Schools, Nontraditional Education, Privatization, Public Schools, Urban Schools
Publications, ASPIRA Association, Inc., National Office, 1112 16th Street, N.W., Suite 340, Washington, DC 20036 ($1).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ASPIRA Association, Inc., Washington, DC. National Office.