Charter schools allow
cities such as New York and Chicago to create new educational options
when school district bureaucracies cannot, which has led to the rise of
a strong pro-choice movement among African Americans and Hispanics in
many urban communities.
The complete text of Charter Schools against the Odds is
available online at www.KoretTaskForce.org.
2. Eliminate fixed terms for charter schools, in favor of provisions
that make it clear a school’s charter is valid only as long as it
can demonstrate student learning.
4. Hill, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover
Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, is
the John and Marie Corbally Professor at the University of Washington’s
Daniel J. Contributors to Charter Schools against
the Odds are John E. Amend
state laws so that the number of charter schools depends only on
the availability of competent and willing school providers.
10. More information about the
group can be found at www.KoretTaskForce.org.
Charter Schools against the Odds makes the case for dramatic
policy changes that will create a level playing field for charter
schools in the face of adversarial political forces that have tilted the
field against them.
Find out what states can do: Read “10 Ways
to Level the Playing Field for Charter Schools”
7. Peterson, Brad Smith, and Nat
Torinus. Empower new authorizers, including colleges and universities,
mayors, and qualified nonprofits in states where school boards hold
a monopoly on authorizing charter schools.
8. Support is growing among the superintendents and school boards
in some of America’s largest cities, where
conventional school systems have been unable to meet the higher academic
standards set by state and federal governments. Support a multiple authorizers policy, allowing charter applicants
to avoid hostile or negligent overseers.
Yet opponents continue to tilt the playing field ever more steeply
against charter schools. A profoundly hostile
regulatory environment, however, makes it difficult for schools to
exploit these advantages; because so many obstacles are rooted in public
policy, individual schools cannot overcome them.
1. Ensure that public funds are allocated equitably so that the same
amounts are spent on educating children in charter schools as on
children in district-run schools.
STANFORD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As charter school authorizers from across the nation gather for a
meeting today in San Diego, the Hoover Institution’s
Koret Task Force on K-12 Education is releasing an important new
assessment of the state of the charter school movement. Eliminate arbitrary caps on the number of charter schools. For more information on the Hoover Institution, visit www.Hoover.org.
From Charter Schools against the Odds (Education Next Books, 2006)
Paul T. Yet, despite these obstacles, charter
schools have managed to survive and turn some former opponents into
allies. On the basis of the findings in this volume, the Koret Task
Force makes a series of recommendations about how to improve policies
and practices affecting charter schools.
9. Chubb, Chester E. Charter
Schools against the Odds (Education Next Books, 2006), edited by
Paul T. If state legislatures stick with existing caps
on school numbers or support proposed legislative changes that create a
bias toward unionization, or if funding arrangements and government
authorizers’ duties are not made fairer and
more neutral, the promise that charter schools hold for reforming
American public education could be destroyed.
Against this backdrop, Charter Schools against the Odds proposes
real-world solutions that will enable the charter school movement to
achieve its full potential.
6. Eliminate bans on for-profit firms holding charters directly, in
favor of common funding and oversight provisions for all charter
schools, no matter who runs them.
The members of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education are among America’s
foremost education scholars, brought together by the Hoover Institution
with the support of the Koret Foundation. 3. Hill,
Caroline M. Protect charter schools from arbitrary denials of applications by
establishing appeal processes to a state agency or independent body
in each state.
The Hoover Institution, founded at Stanford University in 1919, is an
interdisciplinary research center for advanced study on domestic public
policy and international affairs, with an internationally renowned
archives. Hold authorizers accountable, both for creating the opportunities
for chartering and responsibly overseeing schools once chartered.
. Evans School of Public Affairs and director of the Center on
Reinventing Public Education. Hoxby, Eric Osberg, Paul E. Allow an organization holding one charter to operate multiple
schools as long as all its schools meet agreed-on performance
Charter schools have many advantages over schools run by politically
controlled bureaucracies: discretion over use of funds, ability to use
time, money, and instructional technologies in innovative ways, and
freedom to hire teachers and to compete for people of high ability by
offering attractive compensation packages. Hill, gives an authoritative analysis of current laws and
policies that are curtailing the growth of charter schools in states
around the nation.
5. Finn Jr., Paul T. Allow charter schools to employ teachers and administrators in
whatever numbers and with whatever mixtures of skill and
experience necessary to deliver the school’s instructional
10 Ways to Level the Playing Field for Charter Schools
The three greatest barriers to charter school development are poorly
crafted charter laws, inequitable funding, and the failure of many
authorizers — school districts and other government agencies that
approve charter applications and oversee schools — to take their
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