Charter Schools in SREB States: Critical Questions and Next Steps for States
A Focus Report in the Challege to Lead Series
In less than 20 years, charter schools have grown from a novel educational experiment into a high-profile part of education reform. But research on charter schools is limited, so key policy questions remain about the effectiveness of charter schools, their impact on traditional public schools, appropriate funding policies, and performance accountability. This report looks at these policy questions and recommends actions for states to take to clarify the issues and maximize the opportunities that charter schools present. It also provides an update of charter school policies in SREB states relating to charter contracts and reviews, academic performance requirements, authorizers, and operating and facilities funding.