Charter Schools: Accomplishments and Dilemmas
by Bruno V. Manno, Chester E. Finn Jr., Louann E. Bierlein & Gregg Vanourek - 1998
Charter schools are (mostly) independent public schools of choice accountable for the results of student achievement. They have accomplished a great deal since the first one was opened in Minnesota in 1991, though they confront a number of dilemmas as the charter movement moves toward maturity. This article presents results from "Charter Schools in Action," a two-year research project supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts. It describes the Hudson project, discusses the charter notion and those individuals and groups who start charter schools, and provides an overview of some accomplishments achieved and dilemmas confronted by the charter schools the authors came to know. The authors conclude that charter schools are a promising and valuable market-based strategy for changing today's education system and may well be the most vibrant force in American education.
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