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Charter Schools, Parents, and Public Schools in Minnesota.

Abernathy, Scott F.

Charter schools have been alternately hailed as the promise, and derided as the scourge, of public education in the United States. This article focuses on the effects of Minnesota's charter schools on leadership, outreach, and parental involvement in charter schools and traditional public schools. The author concludes that Minnesota's charter schools are having positive effects, both on the charter schools themselves and on traditional public schools facing competition from the charter schools. These reforms appear to be accompanied by an increased sense of customer awareness on the part of public school principals, as well as increased efforts to nurture the parent community as a valuable resource in the educational enterprise. However, the beneficial effects of charter schools also come at a cost; the same competition that leads to more customer awareness simultaneously siphons off the most active parentsラparents that the public schools need in their efforts to attend to and involve their community.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Funded through a grant from CURA's Faculty Interactive Research Program.
34 (1): 1-7.
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