Charter Schools: A Report on Rethinking the Federal Role in Education

December 30, 2010

The number of charter schools has
increased steadily in the last decade, reflecting their popularity with
parents and the general public. As a result, the federal government's
role in charter schools has expanded of late and is likely to be an
important element in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act. For that reason, the Brown Center on Education Policy at
Brookings gathered a group of prominent policymakers, practitioners,
and researchers to address what the federal government should do if its
policy were to increase the number of effective charter schools in the