School Choice & Charters Report Roundup

Report Defines Types of Charter Schools

By Caroline Hendrie — October 25, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Arguing that charter schools should not be thought of as monolithic, a report presents a “typology” of the independently run public schools that divides them into five basic categories: traditional, progressive, vocational, general, and alternative delivery.

“Playing to Type? Mapping the Charter School Landscape” is available from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.

Dick M. Carpenter II, an assistant professor of educational administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, surveyed more than 1,100 charter schools in operation nationwide in the 2001-02 school year for the study, which was commissioned by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, a pro-charter school organization based in Washington.

Schools classified as general, defined as schools that “are essentially indistinguishable from conventional neighborhood public schools,” made up the single largest share, with 29.5 percent, according to the report. That was closely followed, at 29 percent, by “schools that subscribe to educational philosophies and/or practices aligned with ‘progressivism,’ which places a premium on individual development.”

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the October 26, 2005 edition of Education Week

Events

School & District Management Webinar Fostering Student Well-Being with Programs That Work
Protecting student well-being has never been more important. Join this webinar to learn how to ensure your programs yield the best outcomes.
Reading & Literacy Webinar 'Science of Reading': What Are the Components?
Learn how to adopt a “science of reading” approach to early literacy to effectively build students’ vocabulary and content knowledge.
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Effective Communication for School Leaders: A Forum
Join us for an afternoon of discussions on how school and district leaders can motivate staff, make the most of social media, and more.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School Choice & Charters Opinion The Biden Administration Is Right: Charters Need to Be More Accountable
The proposed changes to the federal Charter School Program are just common sense, write Jitu Brown and Randi Weingarten.
Jitu Brown & Randi Weingarten
3 min read
Illustration of students and teachers holding puzzle pieces.
<b>F. Sheehan/Education Week and iStock/Getty</b>
School Choice & Charters What's Behind the Fight Over the Biden Administration's Stance on Charter School Funding
Proposed new rules for federal charter school funding have drawn the ire of many in the charter school community.
8 min read
Publish Charter school parents stage a counter protest as thousands of public school teachers, administrators and supports march through the streets of Sacramento during a protest held at the California State Capitol urging state legislators to provide more funding for public schools in Sacramento, Calif., on May 22, 2019.
Publish Charter school parents stage a counter protest during a march in Sacramento, Calif., that advocated for more funding for public schools in 2019.
Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP
School Choice & Charters Opinion Families May Like Their School But Want More Options. That’s Where Course Choice Comes In
Educational choices have grown inside each school as a result of the pandemic. Families should take advantage of this.
3 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty
School Choice & Charters Mich. Public School Advocates Launch Effort to Stop DeVos-Backed Proposal
The former secretary of education is backing an initiative that advocates say would create an unconstitutional voucher system.
Samuel J. Robinson, mlive.com
4 min read
Student with backpack.
surasaki/iStock/Getty