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Title: Charter Schools

Charter Schools For-Profit Schools
King and Queens of Collaboration
What are Charter Schools?
  • Nonsectarian public schools of choice
  • Accountable to their sponsor
  • Usually state or local school board
  • Increased autonomy in return for accountability
    for both academic results and fiscal practices
  • Accountable to
  • Sponsors that grants them
  • Parents who choose them
  • Public that funds them

What about Charter Schools?
  • Intention of most charter school legislation is
  • Increase opportunities for learning and access to
    quality education for all students
  • Create choice for parents and students within the
    public school system
  • Provide a system of accountability for results in
    public education
  • Encourage innovative teaching practices
  • Create new professional opportunities for
  • Encourage community and parent involvement in
    public education

Who Runs Charter Schools?
  • Independent boards
  • Educators
  • Community members
  • Parents
  • Board controls
  • Funds Staff
  • Responsible for making sure charter goals and NYS
    Regents standards are met.

Who starts a Charter School?
  • People do (Usually founders fall into 3 groups)
  • Grassroots organization of parents
  • Teachers and community members
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Existing schools converted to charter
  • Reasons for establishing a charter school
  • Realize an educational vision
  • Gain autonomy
  • Serve a special population

Who Attends Charter Schools?
  • Part of the public education system
  • Not allowed to charge tuition
  • Any student may attend a Charter school
  • Enrollment is oversubscribed
  • Lottery-based admissions

When and Where didCharter school begin?
  • Late 1980s Philadelphia
  • Started schools-within-schools called charters
  • 1991
  • Minnesota passed the first charter school law
  • California next in 1992
  • By 2003, 40states had signed laws allowing for
    charter schools
  • Since 1994, the U.S. Dept. of Ed. has provided
    grants to support states charter school efforts
    (6 million in fiscal year 1995)

Why do Charter Schools Exist?
  • Attempt to provide a more efficient education
  • Some specialize in certain fields
  • Allows parents more choice of where to send their
  • Try to help students achieve more especially low
    income and minority students

Why do Charter Schools Work?
  • Have more autonomy to make changes in relation to
    student needs
  • Hold students and teachers responsible for
  • Have freedom to reward performing teachers or
    release non performing teachers

What are Private Schools?
  • Independent, non-government schools
  • Serve a diverse community
  • Provide religious values based on education
  • Promote a specific educational philosophy
  • Include day schools, boarding schools,
  • co-educational and single sex schools
  • EX. Catholic Schools, Jewish Schools, Montessori
    Schools, Schools specializing in the needs of the

Who Runs Private Schools?
  • Not administered by local, state or national
  • Majority are operated by religious institutions
    and organizations
  • Funds are received through endowments, donations,
    grants, alumni fundraising and tuition

Who Attends Private Schools?
  • Students who are seeking particular religious
  • Students who are seeking preparatory instruction
    for college
  • Anyone who is not satisfied with the services
    available at public schools
  • Students who belong to the community that the
    school represents

In the early 1990s Education Management
Organizations (For-Profit schools) began to
grow. Some EMOs contract with school districts
and use tax dollars and venture capital to
operate public schools.
  • The largest EMO is the Edison School
  • Founded in 1991 by Chris Whittle
  • There are 51 schools (in 25 locations)
  • Strong focus on technology
  • 7 hour school day (90 minute classes) 200 days a

  • Benefits
  • Specialized (Students with Special Needs)
  • School/ academic Accountability
  • Parents have free educational choice

  • Criticism
  • Increased segregation is schools
  • Advocates skew data
  • Financial gain outweighs the educational process