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Time to Stop and Rethink Charter Schools


by Gary Miron November 26, 2008

The commentary contains a brief overview of the original goals of charter school reforms and summarizes evidence regarding these goals. The case is made that charter schools are currently being used to pursue goals other than those originally intended and that policymakers should revisit the goals and intended purpose of charter schools. Recommendations are included to cap the growth of charter schools until these schools serve their intended purpose and until independent research indicates that they perform better than demographically matched traditional public schools.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 26, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15453, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 9:53:55 AM

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  • Gary Miron
    Western Michigan University
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    GARY MIRON is a Professor of Education at Western Michigan University. He has been involved in a large portion of the independent research and evaluation regarding charter schools. He has provided technical assistance to charter schools in 5 states and led 9 comprehensive state evaluations of charter school reforms as well as a multiyear federally-funded project that examined the correlates of successful charter schools. Evidence from his work has both supported and questioned charter schools depending on the state and issue. Over the past decade he has published a book as well as several articles and chapters that synthesize the growing body of evidence on charter schools.
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