Charter School Movement: History, Politics, Policies, Economics and Effectiveness, 1st Edition

  • Danny K. Weil
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  • ISBN-10: 1592373003
  • ISBN-13: 9781592373000
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 600 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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From zero in 1991 to 3,800 eighteen years later, charter schools (public schools under contract) today educate well over a million students. This updated, second edition examines the unusual experiment that is charter education and the controversies that surround public choice and charter schools as a means of educational reform.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
Other Frontmatter.
1: Introduction.
2: The Emergence of Charter Schools.
3: What is a Charter School?.
4: Who Selects Charter Schools?.
5: Does Everyone Support Charter Schools?.
6: How do Charter Schools Differ From Other Reforms?.
7: Why Charter Schools?.
8: Educational Choice.
9: Why Educational Stakeholders Choose Charter Schools.
10: Summary.
11: Chronology of U.S. Educational Reform.
12: Seventeenth Century.
13: Eighteenth Century.
14: Nineteenth Century.
15: Twentieth Century.
16: Twenty-First Century.
17: Charter Schools and the Law.
18: Charter School Basics and the Law.
19: Who Authorizes Charter Schools?.
20: Charter School Autonomy and the Law.
21: Charter School Accountability and the Law.
22: Charter Schools, Teachers, and the Law.
23: Charter School Financing and the Law.
24: Charter School Costs.
25: Funding Charter Schools.
26: Charter Admission Policies and the Law.
27: Directions in the Law.
28: Starting a Charter School.
29: Curriculum and Instructional Approaches.
30: What Some Charter Schools are Doing.
31: Summary.
32: The Political Economy of Charter Schools.
33: Introduction.
34: Historical, Economic and Social Background.
35: American Industrialism and the Factory School.
36: African Americans and the Factory School.
37: Progressive Responses to the Factory School.
38: The Dewey-Lippmann Debates.
39: Post-World War II Politics of Public Education.
40: The 1960s and the Politics of Education.
41: Privatization, Markets, Conservatism, and Politics of Education.
42: School Choice and the Politics of the Charter Movement.
43: Market-Based Solutions and the Politics of School Choice.
44: The Emergence of Public Choice in the 1990s.
45: Competition and School Choice: Rising Tide Lifts all Boats?.
46: Charter School Supporters.
47: The Virtual Charter School.
48: Opposition to Public Choice and Charter Schools.
49: Concerns Facing Charter Schools.
50: Accounting Schemes and Projected Enrollment.
51: Charters in Washington D.C..
52: Nepotism, Self-Serving Legislation and Deal Making.
53: Religion and Charter Schools.
54: Disaster Capitalism: Charter Schools in New Orleans.
55: Educational Maintenance Organizations (EMOs).
56: What is a For-Profit EMO?.
57: A Public-Private Partnership?.
58: EMOs and Educational Products.
59: Who Protects Educational “Constituencies”?.
60: Then Why EMOs?.
61: EMOs and the Rise of Charter Schools.
62: Modern History of EMOs.
63: Privatization of School Services and the EMO Concept.
64: The Rise of For-Profit EMOs.
65: A Look at For-Profit EMOs.
66: For-Profit EMOs: Pro and Con.
67: The Rise of the Nonprofit EMO.
68: KIPP: The Knowledge is Power Program.
69: Educational Philanthropy and a New Educational System.
70: Blueprint for School System Transformation.
71: KIPP Academic Success: How do they do it?.
72: Summary.
73: Teachers’ Unions and Charter Schools.
74: Blueprint for New Orleans.
75: Implementing the Change.
76: Social Engineering From Scratch.
77: Unionizing KIPP.
78: KIPP Management Fights Back.
79: Teacher Support for Unions.
80: Civitas Schools and Union Organizing.
81: Anti-Teacher Union Sentiment.
82: Power of Teacher Unions.
83: Teacher Unions: for and Against.
84: New Roles and Responsibilites for Teacher Unions.
85: Summary.
86: Organizations, Associations, and Government Agencies.
87: Selected Print and Nonprint Resources.
88: Printed Resources.
89: Nonprint Resources.
Appendix A: Title II Accountability Provisions of the Higher Education Act (HEA).
Appendix B: Education in America: State-by-State Scorecard.
Appendix C: Charter School Teacher Certification.
Appendix D: Qualifications of Charter School vs. Regular Public School Teachers.
Appendix E: State Numbers: Schools, Students, and Year Chartered.
Introduction to Primary Documents.
Ray Budde and the Origins of the ‘Charter Concept’.
National Press Club Speech.
Response to Louisiana’s Request to Amend Charter Application.
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
Florida’s Charter School Application.
Mater Academy Charter Middle-High School Parent Contract.
The Neighborhood House Charter School Family Learning Contract.
Lusher Charter School Application.
As Charter Schools Unionize, Many Debate Effect.
Lessons from the Ground: Interviews with Charter School Educators.
The Instigator.
Education Chief to Warn Advocates that Inferior Charter Schools Harm the Effort.
Center for Research on Educational Outcomes.
Charter Schools Pass Key Test in Study.
New York City’s Charter Schools Evaluation Project.
About the Author.