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Jerry P. Becker

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Charter Schools in the U.S.
Posted: Aug 10, 1998 1:27 PM
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Parent demand for & student attendance in
charter schools has grown, says "A National Study of Charter
Schools," released by President Clinton last month. The
President also announced new Department estimates that more
than 1,000 charter schools will serve over 200,000 students
in the 1998-99 school year. The report describes the
charter school movement, & documents & analyzes ways charter
schools are being established & run. It reports that
charter schools are...

* standing the test of time -- once established, they
have remained open.
* growing -- 279 additional charters became operational
in the 1997-98 school year.
* in demand -- more than 70% of charter schools sampled
said they had more applicants than could attend.
* in need of start-up funds.
* small, & many have non-traditional grade

This is the second in a series of 4 reports. Last year's
study findings showed that chartering statutes differ
dramatically from state-to-state in allowing school autonomy
( Future reports will
address broad policy issues, including the charter school
movement's potential effect on other public schools. The
executive summary is at:

The Department also released "The Charter School Review
Process: A Guide for Chartering Entities" to provide those
issuing charters, applicants & policy-makers with practical
advice. The "Charter School Review Process" is available by
calling 1-877-4ED-PUBS.

For information, resources, & discussion areas on charter
schools, please visit the U.S. Charter Schools website:

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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