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Districts in the state are really . . floundering around. . ” Then there was the rural district we discussed before, Pastoral Unified, where the board of education revoked the charter of a school that had grown quickly and was not forthcoming with the district regarding how it recruited students or used public funds. Although the charter was revoked, it was reinstated due to the political pressure we described above. Part of the reason why the political campaign to reinstate the charter was so successful, school board members and district officials explained, was that the California charter school legislation did not give the district much leverage in trying to hold the school accountable.
Distributed at Hechinger Institute Session on Charter Schools. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Manno, B. , Finn, C. , Bierlein, L. , & Vanourek, G. (2000). Charter school accountability: Problems and prospects. Educational Policy, 14(4), 473–531. Massachusetts State Auditor. (2001, October 22). Independent state auditor’s report on the activities of the executive office of education’s and the department of education’s administration of the charter school program. Boston: Author.
An earlier version of this chapter was published in the Stanford Law & Policy Review, 11(2), pp. 325–342. 29 30 Where Charter School Policy Fails dom, school district officials are no longer sure of their roles. In fact, some observers question whether school districts will continue to exist in this new era of state-imposed standards and school-level autonomy (Elmore, 1996). Others argue that local school districts simply will evolve into agencies that focus mainly on managerial and financial accountability (Radnor, Ball, & Vincent, 1998).
Where Charter School Policy Fails: The Problems of Accountability and Equity (Sociology of Education, 12) by Amy Stuart Wells