Friday, April 30, 2010

Charter Autonomy

A new study by the Fordham Institute on how states promise charter schools autonomy, but often don't deliver it:


Charter School Autonomy:
A Half-Broken Promise


This Fordham Institute study finds that the typical charter school in America today lacks the autonomy it needs to succeed, once state, authorizer, and other impositions are considered. Though the average state earns an encouraging B+ for the freedom its charter law confers upon schools, individual state grades in this sphere range from A to F. Authorizer contracts add another layer of restrictions that, on average, drop schools' autonomy grade to B-. (Federal policy and other state and local statutes likely push it down further.) School districts are particularly restrictive authorizers. The study was conducted by Public Impact. Read more here.

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