The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education

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Overview

The story of the Edison Schools is a gripping tale of money, kids, and greed. What began in the 1980s as an enterprise to transform public schools quickly became a troubled business battling falling test scores and dismal stock prices. How did the most ambitious for-profit education company in U.S. history lose respect, money, and credibility in such a short time?

Revealing how American McEducation went from glory to crisis, The Edison Schools tracks entrepreneur Christopher Whittle's plan to introduce a standardized nationwide curriculum and cut administrative waste. Education specialist Kenneth J. Saltman finds that the critics' predictions came true in Edison schools across the country: Experienced teachers left in droves, students were virtually given answers to standardized tests to drive up scores, and difficult students were "counselored" out.

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Meet the Author

Kenneth J. Saltman is Assistant Professor, Social and Cultural Studies in Education, DePaul University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : pledging allegiance to the corporation 1
1 The rise and fall 21
2 But does it work? 67
3 Edron : two brief studies in corporate unaccountability 119
4 No contest : Edison's takeover of the Philadelphia schools and the lessons of public school competition 154
5 Corporate schooling and the future of the public 180
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