Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Normally we think of a charter school as a privately owned and run institution doing whatever it likes and competing with the regular system for better students and instructional resources. This article paints a somewhat different picture of the Alberta Public Charter School system. Located in western Canada, this system creates the dimension of choice often sought by parents within the bounds of the public education system. While schools set their own area of focus and govern their own teaching process, they are still held accountable, and are still a part of, public education in Canada. This has created stresses, because charter school teachers are only associate members of the provincial teachers' association, and space and resource limitations have created resource constraints. Readers from outside Canada might find this model an interesting comparison with, say, the charter school model employed in the United States.

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