The Democratic Potential of Charter Schools

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Appendix B
Kolderie's “ Model Charter
School Law” 1
Model Bill Provisions Comments
Section 1: Background. Essentially, in charter school legislation, the state says it is all right for more than one organization to be offering public education in the community—or put another way, that it is all right for somebody other than the local board of education to start and run a public school.
This section allows the creation of charter schools. Charter schools are declared to be part of the state's program of public education.
Section 2: Purpose. The purpose of this law is to: The movement for charter schools is not really about the charter schools themselves. It is about systemic change—about the state creating the dynamics that will make the system a self-improving system
1. Improve student learning.
2. Encourage the use of different and innovative learning and teaching methods.
3. Increase choice of learning opportunities for pupils.
4. Establish a new form of accountability for public schools.
5. Require the measurement of learning and create more effective, innovative measurement/ assessment tools.

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