The School Administrator

August 1999Charter FlightsAs new schools proliferate, what's their wider impact?

Features

  • Why I'm Wary of Charter Schools

    by MARC F. BERNSTEIN

    A veteran superintendent on Long Island identifies charters' triple threat to public education--in financial support, racial segregation and blurring of the church-state divide. Also: How to obtain research reports on charters. Marc Bernstein is superintendent of Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, North Merrick, N.Y.

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  • Five Prevailing Charter Types

    by JOE SCHNEIDER


    AASA's deputy executive director depicts five common brands of charter schools: do-gooders, ethnic boosters, public school converts, profit seekers and disgruntled parents.

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  • Negotiating a Steady Course With Charters

    by ELIZABETH DONOHOE STEINBERGER


    In a formal relationship between the charter school and district, the quest is to balance autonomy with accountability. Also: Strategies for an effective relationship; and the resource role of the U.S. Department of Education. Elizabeth Steinberger is an assistant professor in the School of Education at College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.

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  • The Catalyst Role of Charter Schools

    by ERIC ROFES


    The authors study of charter schools finds their districtwide impact depends on how they are viewed by the top leadership. Eric Rofes is an assistant professor of education at Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif.

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  • Charters as Tools of Reform

    by PRISCILLA PARDINI


    Supportive superintendents discuss what they do to make the most of charters in their districts. Also: Verona, Wis., balances the needs of charters and regular schools. Priscilla Pardini is a free-lance education writer based in Shorewood, Wis.

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  • Charters: The Next Flawed Reform?

    by SEYMOUR B. SARASON


    When a complex new school is established without a sound rationale, it is likely to fall far short of success, says the pre-eminent Yale psychologist. (The author retains copyright to this article. Publication appears only in print.)

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Profile

    Gerald S. Clockedile by JAY P. GOLDMAN



    Superintendent, School Union 7, Saco/Dayton, Maine

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    Departments

    Focus

    Using a Portfolio for Superintendent Evaluations by KATHLEEN Y. AL-RUBAIY



    Superintendent, Livingston Educational Service Agency, Howell, Mich.

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    President's Corner

    Charter Schools, What Rules Really Matter? by JOSEPH J. CIRASUOLO



    President, AASA

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    Guest Column

    Confessions of a Nit-Picking Superintendent by JAN G. BORELLI


    Superintendent, El Reno Public Schools, El Reno, Okla.

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    Federal Dateline

    On Size Debate, Head and Heart Are of One Mind by KARI ARFSTROM



    Director of special projects, department of public affairs, AASA

     

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