Policy Dynamics — Schools and Accountability Policies
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As I suggested in chapter 1, statements of legislative intent provide a window into lawmakers’ goals for charter school reform. The original statement of legislative intent framing California’s 1992 charter school law outlined six purposes for charter schools, some of which overlap. Charter schools are a means to: (1) improve student learning; (2) expand the learning opportunities for all students and in particular low-achieving students; (3) promote the utilization of different and innovative teaching methods; (4) provide new professional opportunities for teachers; (5) provide increased educational choices for parents and students; and (6) make schools “accountable for meeting measurable pupil outcomes” and thus shift from “rule-based to performance-based accountability” (California Education Code, §47601). In 1998, this statement of legislative intent was expanded to include a seventh clause stating that charter schools are intended to increase competition within the public school system as a means of improving all public schools.
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