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Charter Schools: Hope or Hype?
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date July 13, 2009
Pages 343
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691143194
ISBN-10 0691143196
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Original list price $31.95
Other format details university press
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Over the past several years, privately run, publicly funded charter schools have been sold to the American public as an education alternative promising better student achievement, greater parent satisfaction, and more vibrant school communities. But are charter schools delivering on their promise? Or are they just hype as critics contend, a costly experiment that is bleeding tax dollars from public schools? In this book, Jack Buckley and Mark Schneider tackle these questions about one of the thorniest policy reforms in the nation today.

Using an exceptionally rigorous research approach, the authors investigate charter schools in Washington, D.C., carefully examining school data going back more than a decade, interpreting scores of interviews with parents, students, and teachers, and meticulously measuring how charter schools perform compared to traditional public schools. Their conclusions are sobering.

Buckley and Schneider show that charter-school students are not outperforming students in traditional public schools, that the quality of charter-school education varies widely from school to school, and that parent enthusiasm for charter schools starts out strong but fades over time. And they argue that while charter schools may meet the most basic test of sound public policy--they do no harm--the evidence suggests they all too often fall short of advocates' claims.

With the future of charter schools--and perhaps public education as a whole--hanging in the balance, this book supports the case for holding charter schools more accountable and brings us considerably nearer to resolving this contentious debate.



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Hardcover
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from Princeton Univ Pr (July 2, 2007)
9780691129853 | details & prices | 343 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $59.95
About: Over the past several years, privately run, publicly funded charter schools have been sold to the American public as an education alternative promising better student achievement, greater parent satisfaction, and more vibrant school communities.
Paperback
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from Princeton Univ Pr (July 13, 2009)
9780691143194 | details & prices | 343 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $31.95
About: Over the past several years, privately run, publicly funded charter schools have been sold to the American public as an education alternative promising better student achievement, greater parent satisfaction, and more vibrant school communities.
Miscellaneous
from Princeton Univ Pr (November 15, 2009)
9781400831852 | details & prices | List price $24.95

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