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Charter Management

By Christina A. Samuels — May 03, 2005 1 min read

“Profiles of For-Profit Education Management Organizations 2004-2005,” is available from Arizona State University’s Education Policy Studies Laboratory.()

The largest for-profit education management companies that run charter schools tend to focus on creating elementary charter schools and enrolling large numbers of pupils in each classroom, a recent report concludes.

Released by the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University in Tempe, the study found that of the 14 largest charter-management organizations—defined as those managing 10 or more schools—10 of the organizations managed schools where more than half the students were in classrooms with above-average enrollments. The study suggests the organizations have found a successful business model by focusing on elementary schools, which are cheaper to run than secondary schools, and by enrolling larger-than-average numbers of students per classroom.

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