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Charter Schools and the Corporate Makeover of Public Education What's at Stake?

ISBN-10: 0807752851
ISBN-13: 9780807752852
Edition: 2012
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Description: This book will reset the discourse on charter schooling by systematically exploring the gap between the promise and the performance of charter schools. The authors do not defend the public school system, which for decades has failed primarily poor  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 10/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

This book will reset the discourse on charter schooling by systematically exploring the gap between the promise and the performance of charter schools. The authors do not defend the public school system, which for decades has failed primarily poor children of color. Instead, they use empirical evidence to determine whether charter schooling offers an authentic alternative for these children. In concise chapters, they address a series of important questions related to the recent ascent of charter schools and the radical restructuring of public education. This essential introduction includes a detailed history of the charter movement, an analysis of the politics and economics driving the movement, documentation of actual student outcomes, and alternative images of transforming public education to serve all children.

Michael Fabricant is Professor in the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College.

Michelle Fine is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center in New York.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
An Introduction to the Landscape of Charter Reform
The Rise of the Charter School Movement
Charter Schools, Public Education, and the Front Line of a Contested Political Terrain
Charters in the History of Educational Choice
What Is at Stake?
The Structure of the Book
The Promise: The Genesis of Expectation and the Challenge of Charter Reform
The Luster and Contribution of Exemplar Charter Schools
A History of Charters in Three Movements
The Policy Landscape: Commitments and Variation
The Charter Landscape
Policy Dimensions: Are Charter Schools Public Institutions?
Charters, the Marketplace, and a Theory of Change
The Appeal of Charters to Dominant Economic Interests: Monetizing Public Education
The Question of Money and Corruption
Scaling up Reform Through a Network of Charters: The Tradeoffs of Efficiency-and Economic Advantage
Parents' Search for Alternatives to a System That Has Disinvested
The Tension Between Promise and Evidence
The Promise-Evidence Gap
Charters and the Promise of Equity
Charter School Dropouts, Pushouts, and Graduation Rates: Why Do We Know So Little?
The Effect of Charters on Parent Involvement
The Promise of Charter Innovation as a Pathway to Improving Public Education
Teacher Experience and Stability as Predicates for Innovation
Summary
Interlocking Power and the Deregulation of Public Education
The Influence of Wealth on Public Policy
The State and Philanthropy
The Charter Campaign and Political Mobilization of the Private Sector: The Case of New York State
Charter Schools and the Maximization of Economic Gain: Profiting from the Privatization of Public Schools
The Slippery Question of Profit and the Consolidation of Power
Partnership and Profit in the Game of Educational Privatization
Claiming Market Share: Strategic Organizing of the Charter Campaign
Collateral Damage: The Loss of Accountability
Reflections on Politics, Economics, and Ideology
"Crisis": A Moment for Dispossession and Profit
In a Landscape of Inequality: Whose Crisis Is It Anyway?
After the Floods: Charter Growth in New Orleans
Building an Education Renaissance: Chicago and Charter Education
Declaring "Crisis": School Closings and Charter Openings in New York City
A Geography and Archeology of Dispossession: Tracking the Policies and Their Impact
Making a Science of Dispossession: Focus on Testing, Ignore Dropout
The Dropout Epidemic
Conclusion
Reclaiming "Public": Deepening National Commitments to Public Investment and Public Innovation
New Jersey: The Budget Crisis and Public Education
The Binary Tradeoffs of Charter Policy
Provocative Images of Public Innovation
Toward a New Consensus: The Increasing Call for Investment to Spur Innovation and Foster Effective Schooling
Reimagining and Reinvesting in a Public Education
Conclusion
References
Index
About The Authors

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