American public schools offered a one-size-fits-all model of education for decades. In the 1980s, especially after the publication of A Nation at Risk, many people were talking about the national imperative to do better for U.S. students.
Education leaders and policymakers asked a question that ultimately led to the creation of public charter schools: If schools and educators had more freedom to innovate, would students benefit?
A Nation at Risk: The Imperative For Educational Reform, April 1983
Ted Kolderie Biography: http://www.educationevolving.org/bios/ted-kolderie