Award-winning former public school educator Joe Nathan draws from nationwide surveys, research, and visits to dozens of charter schools to address key questions about charter schools. Who starts these schools? What kinds of students attend? Are charter schools using ideas and techniques from which other schools can learn? Are these schools actually helping students? Are charter schools making an impact on the larger educational system?
"[One of] the best books on schools and schooling to cross oureditors' desks this year."
--The American School Board Journal, August 1997
Award-winning former public school educator Joe Nathan draws fromnationwide surveys, research, and visits to dozens of charterschools to address key questions about charter schools. Who startsthese schools? What kinds of students attAnd? Are charter schoolsusing ideas and techniques from which other schools can learn? Arethese schools actually helping students? Are charter schools makingan impact on the larger educational system?
"A useful and persuasive description of the 'state of the art' ofcharter school foundations by one of the movement's earliest, mostarticulate, and best-informed advocates." --Theodore R. Sizer,chairman, Coalition of Essential Schools
"A convincing case that this is one big experiment among many thatis deservedly taking root." --Business Week
"From ideology and accountability to politics and implementation,Charter Schools provides a comprehensive overview....It is apowerful resource for anyone interested in learning more about whatcharter schools are, how to start one, and what the future has instore for them." --Harvard Educational Review
"This book, which includes advice to charter school organizers aswell as profiles of successful charter schools, is a good place tolearn some of the basics. . . . a useful primer." --The AmericanSchool Board Journal
"If you already know a fair amount about charter schools, JoeNathan's [book] will give you the sensation of reading a travelguide about your hometown.... If, on the other hand, you arewondering what all the fuss is about, you need to read this book.It provides a clear and simple overview of an increasinglypopulated landscape." --Teachers College Record
"A comprehensive analysis of the pros and cons of an increasinglydiscussed solution to school problems." --Forecast
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