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Educational Performance And Charter School Authorizers: The Accountability Bind, Katrina Bulkley Oct 2001

Educational Performance And Charter School Authorizers: The Accountability Bind, Katrina Bulkley

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Charter schools involve a trading of autonomy for accountability. This accountability comes through two forces—markets through the choices of parents and students, and accountability to government through the writing of contracts that must be renewed for schools to continue to operate. Charter schools are supposed to be more accountable for educational performance than traditional public schools because authorizers have the ability to revoke charter contracts. Here, I focus on one central component of accountability to government: performance accountability or accountability for educational outcomes to charter school authorizers through the revocation or non-renewal of charter contracts. In this paper, I ...