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Argument: The mission focus of charter schools helps promote success

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Mr. Schaffer, the assistant principal of the McDonogh high school in New Orleans, was quoted in a September 2007 Christian Science Monitor Article saying: "What sold me on this model is no shortcuts, no excuses, discipline, but having fun. I love that we have the autonomy to have a longer school day, and we have teachers who are all on the same page, working together."[1]

Elly Jo Rael. "A Summary of Arguments For and Against Charter Schools" - "Charter schools are better focused on goals and purpose of programs. A school run by a group of faculty committed to a particular educational vision and operating with the support of sending parents, has a high chance for some version of success. Charter schools promote the development of such schools by switching the emphasis in the definition of an educational community from that of geography to that of commonalty of interest."

"Contracting for Success: Charter Schools Offer Choice". Duke University. Summer 2005 - The charter that establishes each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, goals, enrollment limits, assessment methods, and criteria for success. Approval of the charter is contingent on a clearly described instructional program. Most charters are granted for three to five years, but they can be revoked if the state determines that student achievement has not been demonstrated or that the terms of the contract have not been met.

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