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Lost Classroom, Lost CommunityCatholic Schools' Importance in Urban America$
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Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226122007

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226122144.001.0001

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Catholic Schools and Charter Schools

Catholic Schools and Charter Schools

(p.33) Chapter Two Catholic Schools and Charter Schools
Lost Classroom, Lost Community

Margaret F. Brinig

Nicole Stelle Garnett

University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes charter schools in the United States. Particular attention is paid to the connections between Catholic schools and charter schools, including the competitive pressures that charter schools place on Catholic schools, on charter schools’ role as an alternative to more-ambitious school choice efforts, on the development of “quasi-religious” charter schools, and on the debate within the Catholic school sector about whether bishops should “convert” Catholic schools to secular charter schools in order to secure public funding. The chapter concludes by reviewing three such conversion experiments. The chapter also covers the remarkable ascendancy of charter schools since Minnesota enacted the first charter school law in 1991, distinctions between charter school laws and their effects on the charter school landscape in various states, on the diversity of among individual charter schools, and debates about charter schools’ academic performance.

Keywords:   charter schools, Catholic schools, school choice, academic performance

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