School Choice In The Real World

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Overview


School choice is the most talked about reform of American public education, yet writings about choice remain highly speculative because no state has adopted a free market approach to education--until now. The charter school is fast becoming one of the most significant attempts at public education reform in this country. Over 1100 charter schools operate in twenty-seven states, with several hundred more to be added in the next two years. School Choice in the Real World looks at the charter school movement through a highly focused lens: it examines charter schools in Arizona, which currently account for nearly one-quarter of all charter schools.Since 1994, Arizona has implemented a charter school law with the lowest barriers to entry in the nation. As a result, Arizona has more than 200 charter school campuses. Some districts have even lost more than 10% of their students to charter schools. Using the state of Arizona as a case study, the editors examine the experiences of actual charter school operators, social scientific analysis, policy discussions, and criticism and forecasting for the future. The editors bring together academics, policy-makers, and practicioners, and they explain and evaluate how school choice works in the real world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813398204
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert A. Maranto is an assistant professor of political science and public administration at Villanova University. He has authored or edited numerous scholarly works, including Politics and Bureaucracy in the Modern PresidencyandRadical Reform of the Civil Service.Scott Milliman is associate professor of economics at James Madison University. His research interests include U.S. education policy and the management of natural resources. Frederick M. Hess is assistant professor of government and education at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform. April W. Gresham s a researcher, writer, and statistician living in Villanova, Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Minnesota. Robert A. Maranto is an assistant professor of political science and public administration at Villanova University. He has authored or edited numerous scholarly works, including Politics and Bureaucracy in the Modern PresidencyandRadical Reform of the Civil Service.Scott Milliman is associate professor of economics at James Madison University. His research interests include U.S. education policy and the management of natural resources. Frederick M. Hess is assistant professor of government and education at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform. April W. Gresham s a researcher, writer, and statistician living in Villanova, Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Minnesota. Robert A. Maranto is an assistant professor of political science and public administration at Villanova University. He has authored or edited numerous scholarly works, including Politics and Bureaucracy in the Modern PresidencyandRadical Reform of the Civil Service.Scott Milliman is associate professor of economics at James Madison University. His research interests include U.S. education policy and the management of natural resources. Frederick M. Hess is assistant professor of government and education at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform. April W. Gresham s a researcher, writer, and statistician living in Villanova, Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Minnesota. Robert A. Maranto is an assistant professor of political science and public administration at Villanova University. He has authored or edited numerous scholarly works, including Politics and Bureaucracy in the Modern PresidencyandRadical Reform of the Civil Service.Scott Milliman is associate professor of economics at James Madison University. His research interests include U.S. education policy and the management of natural resources. Frederick M. Hess is assistant professor of government and education at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform. April W. Gresham s a researcher, writer, and statistician living in Villanova, Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

Real World School Choice: Arizona Charter Schools Robert Maranto, Scott Milliman, Frederick Hess, and April Gresham

Theoretical and National Perspectives

And This Parent Went to Market: Education as Public vs. Private Good L. Elaine Halchin

The Death of One Best Way: Charter Schools as Reinventing Government Robert Maranto

Congress and Charter Schools David L. Leal

Charter Schools: A National Innovation, an Arizona Revolution Bryan C. Hassel

Social Scientists Look at Arizona Charter Schools

The Wild West of Education Reform: Arizona Charter Schools Robert Maranto and April Gresham

Why Arizona Embarked on School Reform (and Nevada Did Not) Stephanie Timmons-Brown and Frederick Hess

Do Charter Schools Improve District Schools? Three Approaches to the Question Robert Maranto, Scott Milliman, Frederick Hess, and April Gresham

Closing Charters: How A Good Theory Failed in Practice Gregg A. Garn and Robert T. Stout

Nothing New: Curricula in Arizona Charter Schools Robert T. Stout and Gregg A. Garn

How Arizona Teachers View School Reform Frederick Hess, Robert Maranto, Scott Milliman and April Gresham

Practitioners Look at Arizona Charter Schools

The Empowerment of Market-Based School Reform Lisa Graham Keegan

A Voice From the State Legislature: Don't Do What Arizona Did! Mary Hartley

Public Schools and the Charter Movement: An Emerging Relationship Lee L. Hager

Whose Idea Was This Anyway? The Challenging Metamorphosis from Private to Charter Jim Spencer

Lessons

In Lieu of Conclusions: Tentative Lessons From a Contested Frontier Robert Maranto, Scott Milliman, Frederick Hess, andApril Gresham

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