Understanding Charter Schools:
Authors: Thomas, Evan
Source: Newsweek; 6/21/2010, Vol. 155 Issue 25, p46-46, 1p
This article discusses charter schools in the U.S. A study from Stanford University found that 37% of charter schools underperformed public schools, while just 17% delivered superior performance. A key reason is that foundering charter schools are often not shut down in a timely manner. In cities where this is not the case, charter schools tend to do well.
For the past two decades, charter schools have been touted as a way of improving public schools—a no bureaucratic, innovative alternative designed to test new ideas that ...view middle of the document...
Randi M. Fass
Contemporary Issues in Education February 25, 2011
Understanding Charter Schools 2
Examining Practices of Charter Schools
While exploring the role of the public character of charter schools which are funded through public taxation but operated by non-state organizations such as nonprofit and for-profit educational corporations and non-governmental public interest organizations has led me to these findings.
In (2009, p.362), Tozer & Senese wrote: a charter school is one for which the school grants a group of people, which could include parents, community members, and teachers comma, a charter, or authorization, to open a school that reflects their shared educational philosophy. The district then funds that school like any public school.
In education, few topics have created much debate over charter schools, which are, publicly supported schools given greater autonomy of operation in exchange for public accountability.
Zimmer & Buddin stated (2007) since charter schools’ inception in 1991, the charter school movement has seen tremendous growth as 40 states plus the District of Columbia have passed charter school laws. Currently, more than 3,500 charter schools enroll nearly 1 million students nationwide. As the charter school movement has grown, rhetoric from advocates and opponents has dominated the debate over effectiveness. Only recently have researchers been able to provide any quantifiable results, which are mostly mixed, but have generally treated charter schools as a monolithic group. ...