A National Study of Charter Schools: Second-year Report

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Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, 1998 - Charter schools - 130 pages
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The second-year report of the National Study of Charter Schools updates information on charter schools presented in the first report of the study. The study is a 4-year research effort (September 1995 to September 1999) intended to document and analyze the charter-school movement. It was designed to provide information about what kind of charter schools become operational, about factors that influence charter schools' development, and about how schools are implementing their charters. The second-year report presents information about charter schools for the school year 1997-97 and is based on a telephone survey designed to collect data from the 428 charter schools in operation at that time. The report is also based on site visits to 91 charter schools. It places charter schools in perspective by looking at their operations, accountability, and impact on public education. It demonstrates state approaches to the charter concept, including legislative mandates, and focuses on characteristics of charter schools, students of charter schools, why charter schools are started and what attracts parents to them, and challenges in the implementation of charter schools. Five appendices offer information on the study's research design, a state legislative overview, and other information. (RJM)

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Paul Berman writes about politics and literature for "The New Republic", "the New York Times Book Review", and other magazines. His books have been translated into thirteen languages. He lives in New York City.

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