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Document Number: 8541

Charter School Autonomy: A Half-Broken Promise - Charter founders have opened schools across the country on the basis of freedom from restrictions typically placed on public schools in exchange for strong results-based accountability. Yet there appears to have been no appraisal of the autonomy. This study begins to fill in that gap via a national review of charter school autonomy extended by charter laws in 26 states that are home to more than 90% of America's charter schools and oversee nearly half of the country's current crop of charter schools. The study grades actual autonomy at no better than a C+ and indicates the most common restrictions and the most common freedoms. (Dana Brinson and Jacob Rosch, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, April 2010)...

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