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By J. Powers

This e-book starts off with the claims of policymakers and explores constitution faculties at each one degree of the policymaking strategy, from laws to implementation. Powers rigorously and carefully examines how beneficial properties of colleges' coverage contexts form the ways in which constitution university reform unfolds at faculties, supplying a nuanced portrait of the colleges partaking during this a lot mentioned and little understood reform circulate. whereas policymakers are usually susceptible to making sweeping claims concerning the efficacy of constitution colleges, in perform constitution institution reform is way extra complicated. by means of drawing on an in depth and compelling variety of information, Powers assesses the validity of policymakers’ claims.

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8 Who Attends Charter Schools? 2, I present a breakdown of charter school enrollment in 2005– 2006 by race compared to public school enrollment in the forty states and the District of Columbia with operational charter schools. While charter schools and the conventional public schools located in the same states tended to enroll roughly comparable percentages of American Indian, Asian, and Latino students, overall charter schools enrolled more black students and fewer white students than conventional public schools.

The eight states are listed across the top of the table in chronological order by the year their charter school legislation became law. The columns underneath each state indicate if its statement of legislative intent contained a particular goal. 33). When relevant, a separate category indicates elaborations on a goal. For example, while six of the nine states’ charter school laws note that charter schools are intended to increase learning opportunities for all students, three of these contain an additional clause stating that charter schools are specifically intended to increase learning opportunities for low-achieving students.

While SB 1274 in its final form was much more modest than the Roundtable had hoped—the scope of the program was reduced and a school choice proposal was dropped—the organization’s influence was crucial in passing the legislation. Not only did the Roundtable lobby for the bill, the individual companies that comprised the organization were active advocates. The Business Roundtable also supported charter school reform in the years after California’s charter school legislation was passed. For example, the Roundtable underwrote a discussion paper on the first year of charter school implementation in California and provided financial assistance and consultants to schools, including Hilltop Charter School (Premack and Diamond, 1994).

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