The PCCC Library has a good collection of books dealing with charter schools, both in print and in electronic format
Charter schools are the subject of debate even while their numbers increase. While technically public schools, charter schools have traits common to private schools. They are free of many of the policies and rules public schools have to follow, teachers are given more freedom in developing lessons, and they can emphasize special courses of study. Class size is kept small and parents are expected to participate in school activites along with their children. Some charter schools emphasize the study of languages and expect their students ( and teachers) to speak the language in question as much as possible. Eventhough charter schools are considered "public", they can be closed if student performance is poor.
The first charter school opened in 1992. Now there are over 5,000 schools, with the highest numbers in states such as California and Florida. Many are also in major cities in the United States. Not surprisingly, there is support and criticism about these schools. This libguide will offer sources that will permit the student to examine these arguments.
PCCC books on charter schools can be found under the call number LB 2806.36'
Some representative titles are:
"Charter Schools:Opposing Viewpoints" LB 2806.36 .C5354 2012
"Charter Schools" ( At Issue Series) LB 2806.36 .C5353 2008
"Charter Schools: A Reference Handbook" ( Contemporary Education Issues) LB 2806.36 .W45 2000
"Charter Schools: Another Flawed Educational Reform?" LB 2806.36 .S27 1998
'Taking Measure of Charter Schools: Better Assessments, Better Policymaking, Better Schools" LB2806.36.T37 2010
"Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education" LB 2806.36 .H54 2002
"Charter Schools:Lessons in School Reform" LB 2806.36 .C54 2002