Development in Charter Schools

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In 1988, Ray Budde (A University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor) felt that something needed to be done to improve the public education system in the United States. Falling test scores and rising dropout rates provoked a movement for reform. Ray Budde pointed out many restrictions set by state governments that inhibited the potential of many students and how these restrictions were damaging the educational system rather than maintaining it. He proposed a plan that would eliminate these restrictions and create a system where students would excel. This idea took hold when the American Federation of Teachers adopted the idea and set up the first “Charter Schools” in Minnesota in 1991. These were the first of many charter schools in the Unites States. (NEA - Charter Schools.) The dilemma that many people face is determining how charter schools are different from traditional public schools and if the academic success rates at these schools are higher than public schools. Studies done by both independent and governmental groups have concluded with varying results, good and bad, due in part to the different demographics of the different charter schools but also to the fact that financial support is the main factor in maintaining a school. Many people discuss whether these charter schools are worth the funding and if it is worth risking the education of students whom attend. But the government must make sacrifices to improve the educational system to provide excellent education for the future generations of this country. Through reform in the financing and the staff of charter schools, the children of the United States will receive higher education than what they are receiving presently. The movement for educational reform had to sta... ... middle of paper ... ...tudents Harder to Educate? Evidence from Washington, D.C." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis27.4 (2005): 365-80. JSTOR. Web. 5 Feb. 2012. . "Achievement." The Center For Education Reform — Since 1993, the Leading Voice and Advocate for Lasting, Substantive and Structural Education Reform in the U.S.Web. 05 Feb. 2012. . "NEA - Charter Schools." NEA - NEA Home. Web. 05 Feb. 2012. . "The State of Charter Schools: What We Know – and What We Do Not – About Performance and Accountability." The Center For Education Reform — Since 1993, the Leading Voice and Advocate for Lasting, Substantive and Structural Education Reform in the U.S. Web. 05 Feb. 2012. .

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