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Friday, November 18 • 12:20pm - 1:30pm
Charter Schools: Can They be of Use?

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Are Cyber Students Enrolling in the Best Cyber Charter? How Metrics of Performance Predict Choices. Bryan A. Mann, Pennsylvania State University; Stephen Kotok, University of Texas at El Paso

This study examines school choice patterns within the cyber charter school sector. Studying choice in this domain, which has fewer geographic constraints than typical “markets,” offers a unique opportunity to explore theoretical assumptions about school choice and clarify choice patterns, important to school leaders as they consider strategies to respond to new schooling options. We find that choices perpetuate disadvantage because advantaged populations are more likely to choose the highest performing cyber charter school.

Leadership Knowledge and Practices in the Context of Charter Schools. Marytza Gawlik, Florida State University

To date, very little research on leadership has focused on charter schools. Even though charter schools continue to grow in number and importance within the U.S. public education system, leadership in charter schools remains somewhat of a “black box.” In this paper, I address these gaps in the literature by (a) documenting and analyzing leadership knowledge and practices among charter school principals and (b) focusing on principals’ own reports of their leadership practices.

Competing With Charter Schools: How Traditional Principals Re-Envision and React. Dana L. Bickmore, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Using qualitative case study methodology, I examined how three principals reacted, responded, and re-envisioned their leadership as a charter school opened in their attendance area. Educational free market principles framed this study. Three themes surfaced from a modified constant comparative approach to data analysis: initial stress, actions taken, and perceptions of competition. Findings suggest principals personal stress increased, they made organizational changes, and their attitudes about competing with the charter changed over time.

Access to Charter Schools in Ohio: Serving or Undeserving the Needy. Christopher Bwalya Yaluma, Ohio State University; Andrew Saultz, Miami University

This paper investigates the true nature of charter schools as a viable alternative to
low income families. Using census tracts data, students’ achievement scores, and demographics data, we apply a form of inductive reasoning to hypothesize general factors leading to locational preferences of charter schools in Ohio. Results suggest that charter schools in Ohio are somewhat responsive to poverty, but poverty is not the central factor in locational decision making.

Friday November 18, 2016 12:20pm - 1:30pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Richard A

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