For chartering to work, authorizers can't be compromised by financial or political dependency on the schools they oversee, writes Paul Hill.
Hopes, Fears, and Reality
Launched in 2005 and edited by Robin Lake, Hopes, Fears, & Reality is an annual compilation that provides objective evidence about:
• What is going on in charter schools
• How well they are doing
• Where they need to improve
• What we can learn from the research on these types of public schools
Each year, several authors examine current issues and controversies in both broad and specific contexts, assembling the evidence in the most balanced and informative way possible.
Ch. 3 - Innovating at Last? The Rise of Blended Learning in Charter Schools (HFR '12)
Michael Horn writes about how and why many charter schools in California have innovated through technology and asks what it will take for more to follow nationwide.
Ch. 4 - Making Choice Work for Students With Special Needs (HFR '11)
In this chapter Robin Lake and Betheny Gross argue that charter schools have a mixed track record on ensuring that students with special needs have effective options, but the reasons are complex, and the solutions are not obvious.
Ch. 5 - Achieving the Ripple Effect: How Can Charters Prompt District Improvement? (HFR '09)
In this chapter, Robin Lake takes up the questions of whether and how charter schools can prompt school districts to become more innovative and performance-oriented.