Charter school superintendents’ perceptions of operating a charter school system in Texas : a phenomenological investigation

dc.contributor.advisorOlivárez, Rubén
dc.contributor.committeeMembersharpe, Edwin
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPustka, Belinda P
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCantu, Norma
dc.creatorPurcell, Mollie Jo
dc.creator.orcid0000-0001-6134-4817
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-12T16:40:18Z
dc.date.available2017-07-12T16:40:18Z
dc.date.issued2017-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2017
dc.date.updated2017-07-12T16:40:19Z
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative study involved interviewing four superintendents of public charter schools in Region 10 due to Texas legislation, namely, SB 2 (financial and academic accountability for charters) and HB 5 (pathways for high school graduation for all public schools). This qualitative study answered the following questions: (a) What implications does the implementation of state law have on superintendents’ perceptions about leading Texas’ charter schools? (b) What functions of charter schools were most affected state law and policy according to superintendents of charter schools open at the time SB 2 and HB 5 went into effect? (c) What adjustments to the 10 functions of the school districts may be necessary for applying this model of school functioning to public charter schools in Texas? Each one-on-one interview was conducted in person and lasted 60 minutes to several hours. The interviews were recorded and transcribed through Rev.com and coded using NVivo. The findings revealed that charter school superintendents were affected with a high sense of urgency by the demands of SB 2. The four superintendents saw HB 5 as mostly something that affected Curriculum and Instruction but not as a factor that could lead to charter school closure. The functions most influenced by SB 2 and HB 5 were Administrative, Finance, and Business Operations; Curriculum and Instruction; and Governance and Operations. The duty to manage finances responsibly was reiterated by all four superintendents throughout the data. These four superintendents spoke of finance as specifically being the most crucial subfunction for ensuring the viability of their charter schools. The data showed HB 5 impacted not only charter school configurations but also access to special funds, such as career technology money. As for the need to make any alterations to the 10 functions, Superintendent 1 said no changes were needed most effectively: “The functions are the functions are the functions.” Advocacy and education about charter schools is needed, and additional research for understanding how charter schools function as public schools in Texas is needed.
dc.description.departmentEducational Administration
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2930P906
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/60392
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectCharter schools
dc.subjectCharter school superintendents
dc.subjectCharter school system
dc.subjectTexas charter schools
dc.subjectSuperintendents’ perceptions
dc.subjectTexas charter school legislation
dc.subjectPublic charter schools
dc.subjectCharter school operation
dc.subjectCharter school functioning
dc.titleCharter school superintendents’ perceptions of operating a charter school system in Texas : a phenomenological investigation
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Administration
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Administration
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Education

Access full-text files

Original bundle

Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Name:
PURCELL-TREATISE-2017.pdf
Size:
1001.39 KB
Format:
Adobe Portable Document Format

License bundle

Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
No Thumbnail Available
Name:
LICENSE.txt
Size:
1.84 KB
Format:
Plain Text
Description: