Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Gunilla Holm

Second Advisor

Gary Miron

Third Advisor

Dr. Jerry Pillsbury


Working with The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, I, along with other research assistants, was responsible for the review of documentation sent by Michigan Charter schools, database entry based on key evaluation questions, and the creation of a document synthesizing our findings. I created the document "Innovations in Charter Schools: A Summary of Innovative or Unique Aspects of Michigan Charter Schools" as a supplement to the report entitled "An Evaluation of the Michigan Charter School Initiative: Performance, Accountability, and Impact" (Horn & Miron, 2000) and it was sent to the Michigan Department of Education. The innovations supplement was divided into three main areas of innovation: Curriculum, Instructional Practices, and Organization/Governance. This report "Characteristics of Michigan Charter Schools" will utilize the findings of the supplemental report with more analysis of the stated innovations, as well as some background information on the advent of charter schools in Michigan.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only