Title

Understanding the Charter School Concept in Legislation: The Cases of Arizona, Michigan and Georgia

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2005

Abstract

This article explores the ways in which policy-makers in Arizona, Michigan and Georgia understood the charter concept when adopting charter legislation. Drawing on literature on policy formation, the paper traces both the creation of the charter law in each state, and the underlying rationales that led policy-makers to support the legislation. The author compares the rationales found in each state based on the goals of the legislation and the means to reaching those goals (including various interpretations of the concepts of autonomy and accountability). This analysis helps to explain why the idea of charter schools has received support from individuals and organizations that span the ideological spectrum.

DOI

10.1080/09518390500137683

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