• What Happens When Regular Public Schools Convert to Charter Schools?
    Year: 2008

  • Abstract:
    This paper analyzes achievement in 49 California elementary schools that converted from regular public schools to charter schools between 1992 and 2000. It poses two questions. First, how do conversion schools look today, in terms of enrollment, faculty, and achievement, compared to before they converted? Second, how do the conversion schools currently compare to start-up charters on these same characteristics?

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