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  The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the evidence on enrollment and achievement
We suggest that to the extent charter schools rely on this mechanism of accountability, it should not be surprising that their average academic performance does not surpass that of regular public schools, for two reasons.
A potentially encouraging result from the charter school dust-up of 2004 is that the policy community may now be better able to reach consensus on what standards are appropriate for judging evidence of educational effectiveness, not only of charter schools but of regular public schools in the nation, in states, and in districts.
First, we often refer to the group of charter school advocates who have been most outspoken in their insistence that, regardless of good data, charter school performance must be superior to that of regular public schools.
www.epinet.org /content.cfm/book_charter_school   (3088 words)

  NEA: Charter Schools
Local school boards should have the authority to grant or deny charter applications; the process should be open to the public, and applicants should have the right to appeal to a state agency decisions to deny or revoke a charter.
Charter schools should be subject to the same public sector labor relations statutes as traditional public schools, and charter school employees should have the same collective bargaining rights as their counterparts in traditional public schools.
However, because charter schools promise to improve student achievement as a condition of relief from some of the rules and regulations that apply to traditional public schools, it is appropriate to evaluate their effectiveness.
www.nea.org /charter   (974 words)

 What is a Charter School?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Charter schools are attended by students whose families have voluntarily chosen to send them to a charter school, and they are staffed by educators who are also there by choice.
Charter schools are held accountable for their results and are liable to be closed if they do not meet established performance standards.
In Pennsylvania, the Charter School Law defines a charter school to mean, "an independent public school established and operated under a charter from the local board of school directors and in which students are enrolled or attend.
www.pacharterschools.org /whatisch.html   (314 words)

 Charter Schools
Charter Schools are self-managed public schools that are approved by local school districts.
Cyber charter schools are approved by the PA Department of Education.
Charter schools operate free from many educational mandates, except for those concerning nondiscrimination, health and safety and accountability.
www.pde.state.pa.us /charter_schools/site/default.asp   (127 words)

 Washington Charter Public Schools FAQ
Charter public schools are funded solely with the current state funds that are already earmarked to "follow the children" when parents transfer from one school district to another or use the "Running Start" program to pay for their high school student's tuition at a community college.
Charter public schools are operated independently of local school districts, and because they are not monopolies, but must compete for customers, their boards are selected by the parents, educators and community leaders who create them, rather than being selected through the political process.
Charter public schools are often focused on serving student populations that are considered "at risk" of academic problems such as drop-outs, students from low-income families, students with disabilities, and students who do not speak English as their primary language.
www.wacharterschools.org /old_updates/faq.htm   (1799 words)

 PA Charter School Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Charter schools must be established as public, nonprofit, nonsectarian entities by teachers, parents, institutions of higher education or museums.
Existing public schools may be converted to charter schools by having approval of more than 50 percent of the parents of the children in the school and more than 50 percent of the teaching staff in the school.
School districts are provided temporary funding for the transititional costs of a district's students enrolling in a charter school and are provided payments due to the transfer of private school students to a public charter school.
www.pacharterschools.org /cslaw.html   (553 words)

 Washington Charter Public Schools
Charter schools must lay out five-year financial plans, adhere to state testing standards, have free and open enrollment, subject themselves to annual audits, file yearly reports with the school district, undergo review by an outside research firm and demonstrate no sectarian influence.
Charter schools would be exempt from many state statutes and rules applicable to public schools, but have to comply with such regulations as state and federal health, safety and civil rights laws; standardized student tests; certification of instructional staff; and employee record checks.
Charter schools, on the other hand, must perform to the satisfaction of parents and the local sponsor or have their charter revoked.
www.wacharterschools.org /old_updates/nov1.htm   (1439 words)

 Charter Schools USA
Charter schools are part of a sweeping educational reform that offers alternatives for parents and students and places the highest priority on providing a better education.
Based on the belief that public schools should meet standards of excellence and be held accountable, parents are lining up to choose these innovative public schools that are able to meet the individual needs of their children.
The Charter Schools USA family of schools is proud to offer you and your family the opportunity to choose a great educational experience.
www.charterschoolsusa.com   (299 words)

 Natomas Charter School
Natomas Charter School (NCS) was approved by the Natomas Unified School District Board of Trustees in the spring of 1993 and began operations in the fall of 1993.
From the beginning, Natomas Charter School has sought to provide students and parents with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system.
Natomas Charter School provides K-12 students the opportunity to develop unique interests, uncover hidden talents, experience satisfaction in accomplishments, gain a sense of responsibility, and pursue education as a way of life through educational programs tailored to their own specific needs.
www.natomascharter.org   (339 words)

Charter schools are subject to fewer state laws than other public schools with the idea of ensuring fiscal and academic accountability without undue regulation of instructional methods or pedagogical innovation.
Like school districts, charter schools are monitored and accredited under the statewide testing and accountability system.
The links below provide information and resources for charter school personnel, parents, and students, as well as potential charter applicants and the general public.
www.tea.state.tx.us /charter   (133 words)

 CNN.com - Study: Charter schools score below public - September 5, 2002
Charter school students were anywhere from a half year to a full year behind their public school peers, researchers at the Brookings Institution concluded after reviewing 1999-2000 reading and math achievement test scores of 376 charter schools in 10 states.
Charter schools are public schools that have signed an agreement with their states to improve students' education, often by unconventional means.
Charter schools have met with resistance by teachers unions and many in the educational establishment who say they often hire unlicensed and nonunion teachers.
archives.cnn.com /2002/fyi/teachers.ednews/09/03/charter.schools.ap/index.html   (587 words)

 Wisconsin Charter School Association - Frequently Asked Questions
Charter schools are public, nonsectarian schools that are open to every child.
Charter schools are accountable to parents and students who choose the school and to their sponsors under a legally binding contract.
Educators who choose to teach in charter schools must be enthusiastic, creative, flexible and committed to learning – both for their students and themselves.
www.wicharterschools.org /charter.faq.cfm   (799 words)

 US Charter Schools Overview Page
Charter schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools.
The "charter" establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success.
Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor-- usually a state or local school board-- to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract.
www.uscharterschools.org /pub/uscs_docs/o/index.htm   (515 words)

  Charter school planning to sell prime spot on edge of Back Bay - The Boston Globe
The Boston Renaissance Charter School is looking for a buyer for its building at the corner of Arlington and Stuart streets at the edge of the Back Bay, school officials and real estate executives said yesterday.
The state, which oversees charter schools, initially leased the building to the school in the mid-1990s and later provided favorable loans to buy and renovate it.
The charter school wants to lease space from the new owner until September 2008, when a new facility could be complete.
www.boston.com /business/articles/2006/12/01/charter_school_planning_to_sell_prime_spot_on_edge_of_back_bay   (670 words)

  The Charter School of Excellence - Frequently Asked Questions
Charter schools are public schools that operate under a performance contract, or a “charter” which frees them from most rules and state statutes created for traditional public schools.
Each charter school must report its student enrollment to the school district and the school district must include each charter school’s student enrollment in the school district’s report of student enrollment that is submitted to the state.
Charter schools-in-a-municipality may be established when a municipality obtains a charter school; enrolls students based upon a random lottery that involves all of the children of the residents of the municipality; and enrolls students according to the racial/ethnic balance reflective of the community or other public schools in the same school district.
www.charterschool.com /faq.asp   (1391 words)

 AFT - Hot Topics - Charter Schools
In 1988, Albert Shanker introduced the notion of charter schools to the nation in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Shanker saw the creation of charter schools as a boon to improved education for all students.
The school board would grant authority to groups of teachers to carry out particular innovations for a limited period—three to five years—and the goals, objectives, and responsibilities of both the district and the teachers would be articulated in the charter.
If implemented properly, charter schools not only could increase parental choice, free teachers and administrators from bureaucratic red tape and encourage innovation, but they also could add value by increasing student achievement by at least as much as was expected in the traditional school setting.
www.aft.org /topics/charters/index.htm   (571 words)

 Charter Accelerator Fund   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Since the first state charter law was enacted in 1992, nearly 4,000 charter schools have opened their doors in 40 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 1 million students.
NewSchools sought to invest in both charter management organizations and other entrepreneurial ventures that are developing the infrastructure necessary to help both individual charter schools and charter school systems overcome obstacles to scale and quality.
Charter schools are forced to spend too much of their limited capital on facilities, and developing real estate distracts from vital education matters.
www.newschools.org /strategy/charter_fund.htm   (958 words)

 Southwest Charter School - Our Charter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Southwest Charter School expects to attract students from all parts of the school district who are attracted to the educational opportunities offered by the school.
School bus issues consume an inordinate amount of the time of many public school principals, reducing their time available to focus on instructional leadership.
The goal of the Board of Directors of Southwest Charter School is to allocate its dollars as close to the classroom as possible, with at least 75% of per-pupil expenditure receipts allocated at the classroom level.
www.swcharterschool.org /charter/charter_chap4.htm   (1854 words)

 Tucson Country Day Charter School - School History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Tucson Country Day School mission states that it "promotes the excitement of learning through positive reinforcement to ensure that children see themselves as successful learners and as persons of value in society." Currently, the school serves grades K-8 with an enrollment of 536.
In order to house this growth, the school has constructed several new buildings and is in the process of continuing to expand its facilities.
Closer to home, Tucson Country Day School is the second highest ranking in reading and seventh highest in math, when compared to the third graders in 25 elementary schools within a 5-mile radius of the school.
tcdcharterschool.com /history.html   (376 words)

 Brooklyn Prospect Charter School | A Gateway to the Globe
While our enthusiasm to get the school started has not abated, we agree that it is prudent and necessary to plan for opening in September 2009.
Charter School Brooklyn will now be known as Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, "A Gateway to the Globe." We believe the name reflects our mission of bringing a world class 21st Century academic program to the neighborhoods west of Prospect Park.
I ran into a friend, Bodi, from the neighborhood at the grocery store, and her response to hearing of the Charter School CAP being raised from 100 to 200 schools was, “Congratulations, now get to work.” That statement sums up how we feel around the Charter School Brooklyn Team.
www.charterschoolbrooklyn.org   (833 words)

 Julian Charter School
The Jaguars had a chance to win on the very last play of the game but the pass went off the hands of the intended receiver.
The San Diego Jaguars and North County Titans High School match-up was equally exciting as the Titans beat the Jaguars 24-18 on the very last play of the game.
The Titans were led by their quarterback who showed great speed and quickness throughout the game.
www.juliancharterschool.org   (247 words)

 Thomas B. Fordham Institute - Charter School Funding: Inequity’s Next Frontier
Of all the controversies swirling around the nation’s charter schools, none is more hotly contested than the debate over funding.
Into the fray leaps Charter School Funding: Inequity’s Next Frontier, the most comprehensive and rigorous study ever undertaken of how public charter schools are funded, state by state, and how their revenues measure up to dollars received by district-run schools.
The funding gap is wider in most of twenty-seven urban school districts studied, where it amounts to $2,200 per student.
www.edexcellence.net /institute/charterfinance   (261 words)

 Charter Schools
Developed by Leadership for Quality Education's Charter School Resource Center, this handbook is a comprehensive guide that offers practical, valuable advice for the essential phases of planning, designing, and operating a charter school.
"Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities: Review of Existing Data 1998" (November 1998) summarizes existing research data and policy-relevant analyses that have focused on charter schools and students with disabilities.
"The Charter School Roadmap" aims to guide policymakers through issues that need to be examined when developing or assessing charter schools legislation.
www.isbe.state.il.us /charter   (280 words)

 Charter Schools FAQ
Charter schools provide parents a choice in the education of their children -- and it is a public choice.
The state requires 75% of charter school teachers in elementary school to be certified while 50% in middle and high school must be certified.
All charter schools are required to take the state mandated tests.
www.ncpublicschools.org /charterschools/faqs   (243 words)

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www.charternet.com /brokers   (1380 words)

 Charter School Choice
Public charter school projects are a realization of primary and secondary education choice in places where traditional public schools are feeling the strain of population growth, as in the Sun Belt states, or where public school education choices are substandard, as in Washington, D.C. and states nationwide.
Charter schools have a chronic need for larger, complete facilities in order to fully satisfy the demand for student enrollment in existing grade levels and enroll students across additional elementary and secondary school levels.
Continued growth in charter projects requires expansion of school facilities to enable a fair range of curricular and extracurricular activities.
www.charterschoolchoice.us /index.html   (153 words)

Boca Raton Charter School plans to work diligently under the direction of the IBNA over the next two years to become the 1st accredited I.B. World (public) School within the City of Boca Raton.
As a Charter School, the school is free to develop innovative curriculum to naturally address the needs of our student population.
BRCS is a non-profit, public school authorized and sponsored by the School District of Palm Beach County to serve kindergarten through grade five students with an academic focus on international education.
bocaratoncharterschool.org /index.html   (559 words)

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