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ERIC Number: ED491207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
The Rugged Frontier: A Decade of Charter Schooling in Arizona
Hassel, Bryan C.; Terrell, Michelle Godard
Progressive Policy Institute
Arizona's charter experience over the past decade has clearly shown the power of a relatively open chartering system. Schools have sprung up in all corners of the state; parents and teachers have flocked to them in great numbers. Interesting new approaches have emerged. Quite a few of the schools have been strikingly successful. In many places, charter schools have achieved an impressive market share, and districts have begun to respond more vigorously in Arizona than in most charter school states. The experience has also demonstrated some of the pitfalls of the open approach: (1) a raft of questionable schools; (2) charges and confirmed cases of various kinds of misdeeds; and (3) the resulting calls for a crackdown that could endanger the schools' autonomy and variety. As policymakers in Arizona seek to reset the balance, it is worth repeating that "there's no place on Earth like the Grand Canyon State." Arizona has an opportunity to continue its leadership in this area, forging a new kind of accountability system--one that fulfills basic public responsibilities while still fostering the open charter environment that is the state's hallmark. (Contains 81 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Progressive Policy Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED502110