The Politics Of Educational Reform: The Alberta Charter School Experiment 20 Years Later
Keywords:Charter schools, educational reform, school choice
In this paper we examine the charter school movement in Alberta over the past 20 years to assess those factors that have affected its impact on public education. Through a content analysis of policy documents, charter school research, and interviews with various stakeholder groups we elucidate how the charter school policy and regulations limit and control the impact of competition and innovation and contravene market theory.┬á Specifically we focus on the extent to which charter schools in Alberta are fulfilling the expectations of policy reformersΓÇöas sites of research and innovation, vehicles to create competition and expanded choice options for parents, and improve student achievement.┬á┬á We conclude the impact of charter schools is more the result of innovative policy design than free market competition.
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