Alternative And Charter Schools
Educating Outside The BoxStreaming Video - 2013
Amy, a sixteen-year-old expelled from her high school, thinks alternative education is the best thing to happen to her; Lolita takes her daughter, Jana, to a charter school, despite the inconvenience, because she believes in the curriculum. The first half of this NewsHour program on new patterns in education looks at a special breed of alternative school where disruptive students benefit from low teacher-pupil ratios and an emphasis on individualized study using computers. The second half explores the popularity of charter schools-from just one in 1992 to over 1,700 in 25 states today-and the battles that have arisen over them. Talks with students, parents, and teachers illustrate the educational frustrations that prompted these innovative strategies.