A Guide to Charter Schools: Research and Practical Advice for Educators

A Guide to Charter Schools: Research and Practical Advice for Educators

by Myron S. Kayes
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578864046

ISBN-13: 9781578864041

Pub. Date: 05/12/2006

Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

Here is a short edited volume that brings together in one place, the best scholarly articles in charter schooling by national experts and leaders, written in a user-friendly fashion. It is the ideal introduction for those interested in the charter school movement with numerous insights for and by charter operators, administrators, and teachers as well as the

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Here is a short edited volume that brings together in one place, the best scholarly articles in charter schooling by national experts and leaders, written in a user-friendly fashion. It is the ideal introduction for those interested in the charter school movement with numerous insights for and by charter operators, administrators, and teachers as well as the academic community. The volume starts with essays explaining the history of education reforms past, in particular why their failures make charters a necessity. Additional essays examine such research questions as whether class size matters, how to end the teacher shortage, routes to alternative certification, why urban school reform fails, and how to make merit pay work. The second section includes essays outlining the key research on charter schools. Chapters examine such questions as how charter schools compare to district schools, how non-profit charters compare to for-profit charters, what determines teacher quality, and how the small size of charters makes for complex questions of accountability. The final section includes personal reflections, tips and horror stories from charter operators. In particular, essays examine why most charters have a tough first year, the difficulties of converting a private school to a charter, how to manage facilities, how to obtain grant money, and how to do good charter marketing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578864041
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
05/12/2006
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Charter schools and school reform : what we know and where we'll go1
2Book review : tinkering toward utopia : a century of public school reform13
3Big city schools are not in Kansas : can we improve city schools without school choice? : not in your lifetime!29
4The spinning wheels of urban school reform33
5R-E-S-P-E-C-T : teacher abuse and how to end it41
6Smaller classes or better teachers?51
7Why so many Arizona certified teachers aren't in the classroom63
8Where's the alternative? : identifying, training, and certifying69
9Revenge of the (nerdy) professors : scholarly research on charter schools and why it matters79
10Personnel policy in traditional public, charter, and private schools91
11Future of chartered schools - the supply side101
12Charter school accountability issues - pragmatic or political?111
13Teacher quality leadership from public charter schools121
14Does mission matter? : exploring a typology of charter school orientation129
15How the best laid schemes go astray : the agony and (occasional) ecstasy of charter start-ups149
16Whose idea was this anyway? : the continually challenging metamorphosis from private to charter157
17If you build it, they will come169
18Measurement : the key to charter school marketing185
19When charter schools have a distinct advantage over districts, or show me the (grant) money195
20Horror stories207
21He said/he said : a debate about charters219

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