I just came across this interview dating back to spring of 2001. I’d like to know if Alaska’s charter school law has changed much since its inception. Perhaps, there have been no major problems over the past seven years, and most are satisfied with the charter school law?
Northwest Education Magazine
By Lee Sherman
Taking It Slow
Seattle native Dr. Gordon E. Castanza, a retired teacher and an administrator with more than 22 years of experience in Boston and Alaska, is the author of Alaska’s Charter Schools: Freedom and Accountability, published in 1999 by Publications Consultants in Anchorage.
NW: My understanding is that that is the fundamental trade-off in charter schools — that they would have to show results, they would have to have a plan. They had to have specific goals that were measurable, and they had to be able to show at the end of five years or whatever that they had actually accomplished those goals. You’re saying that’s a nice theory, but it hasn’t happened consistently in Alaska?
CASTANZA: That’s right. And I lay a lot of the fault at the feet of the legislature. Alaska’s charter school law was very poorly crafted. It was probably one of the worst pieces of legislation I’ve ever seen come out of the state. (end of snip)