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In theory, charter schools receive control over many aspects of schooling in exchange for accountability. They reported the following levels of authority.
|Percentage of Schools|
|Type of Authority||Full authority||Shared authority||No authority|
|Purchasing of supplies and equipment||79||21||<1|
|Staff hiring, discipline, and dismissal||72||26||1|
|Other budgetary expenses, not including salaries and benefits||67||31||2|
|SOURCE: SRI International|
A version of this article appeared in the December 01, 2004 edition of Education Week as How Much Freedom From the Rules?