Discusses benefits and deficits; background, criticisms and other issues; implications for public education.
“Charter Schools are nonsectarian public schools that are not permitted to employ admissions tests as part of entrance criteria. They are accountable for improving students’ achievement as specified in a three- to five-year contract between themselves and the organization that charters or authorizes them. In exchange for this explicit accountability, they are waived from most state and local rules, regulations and contracts regarding school operation (Nathan, 1999). Generally, charter schools (whether for-profit or not-for-profit) are positioned within the context of alternative educational choice options that are increasingly being touted as having the capacity to resolve many of the problems that are common in the nation’s public schools.”