Planning a charter school is a tedious endeavor. Time is required
to organize, obtain funds, select staff, make curricular decisions,
and set up guidelines for the implementation and maintenance of
an effective school. Mary Ellen Sweeney has designed a plan to
assist organizers.The plan consists of five major components:
Decide specifics - the level and number of students to attend
the school is determined during this stage. A developing of a
time line for growth, choices, distinctive curriculum, and adequate
planning time for teachers is pertinent.
Adequate planning time is essential for the startup and operation
of a charter school. The success of the school depends upon careful
personnel selection, distinctive curriculum design, community
resources, and a clear direction. Mary Ellen Sweeney's plan is
a useful tool for organizers. It presents a framework with practical
guidelines for the implementation of a charter school.
Charter schools can provide genuine avenues for making educational
changes. Effective strategies such as innovative learning practices,
flexible schedules involving the length of school day and the
year, noncoersive discipline measures, and on site services can
assist students in becoming productive individuals. Charter schools
can alsopresent possibilities for reaching dropouts, replacing
schools that are not meeting students need, dealing with the next
boomlet, promoting innovative learning, and addressing problems
that prevent student success.
Sweeney, Mary Ellen (1995). How To Plan a Charter School. Educational
Leadership. September, p. 46-47.