What's Public About Charter Schools?: Lessons Learned About Choice and Accountability

What's Public About Charter Schools?: Lessons Learned About Choice and Accountability

by Gary Miron, Christopher D. Nelson, Christopher Nelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761945385

ISBN-13: 9780761945383

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This book is a valuable tool for analyzing the success of the private/public hybrid in serving the core purpose of public education.

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This book is a valuable tool for analyzing the success of the private/public hybrid in serving the core purpose of public education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761945383
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Outline of the Book
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Chapter 1: Charter Schools and Privatization - With Christopher Lubienski
What Are Chater Schools? A Crash Course in the Charter Concept
Accountability to Whom? The New Politics of Education
What's Public About Charter Schools?
Formalist and Functionalist Views of Public-ness
Chapter 2: Shifting From Public to Private: Historical and Political Backdrop
Charter Schools in the National and International Context
The Public-Private Pendulum in Michigan
The Emergence of Michigan's Charter School Law
Chapter 3: The Charter School Reform in Michigan
The Charter School Concept in Michigan
The Growth and Development of Michigan Charter Schools
Chapter 4: Charter School Finance - With F. Howard Nelson
How Michigan Funds Charter Schools
General Fund Expenditures
Case Studies of Charter School and School District Revenues and Expenditures
The Cost Advantage of Charter Schools
Chapter 5: Choice and Access
Distribution by Grade
Racial/Ethnic Composition of the Charter Schools
Income, Family Structure, and Other Characteristics
Special Education—or the Lack of It—in Michigan Charter Schools
Beyond Demographics: Reasons for Choosing Charter Schools
Chapter 6: Teachers' Characteristics and Working Conditions
Teacher Demographics
Certification and Qualification of Teachers
Reasons to Seek Employment at a Charter School
Working Conditions and Levels of Satisfaction
Chapter 7: Innovation and Impact
Impact on Surrounding School Districts
Impacts on Educational Practice
The Diffusion of Charter School Innovations and Practices
Chapter 8: Student Achievement
Michigan in National Context
Assessing Charter School Impacts in Michigan
A Summary of the Findings
EMOs and Student Achievement
Chapter 9: Customer Satisfaction
Nontest Indicators of Academic Performance
Satisfaction With and Accomplishment of Mission
Satisfaction With Curriculum and Instruction
Satisfaction With Facilities and Available Resources
The Relationship Between Market and Performance Accountability
Chapter 10: The Effects of Education Management Organizations
The Growth of EMO Involvement in Charter Schools
Roles and Types of EMOs
Ownership of Charter Schools and the Problem of Bundling
Control and Governance of Charter Schools: Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?
Operating Charter Schools for Profit: Strategies and Consequences
Chapter 11: Lessons in Choice and Accountability
What's Public About Michigan Charter Schools? A Review of the Evidence
Are Charter Schools a Good Public Investment? The Question of Efficiency
Diagnoses and Prescriptions for Charter School Laws
The Future of Choice and Accountability
Appendix A: Key Historical Developments in Michigan That Have Affected the Public and Private Nature of Schooling
Appendix B: Background and Supporting Documentation for Analysis of Student Achievement
Appendix C: List of EMOs and the Number of Schools They Operated in 2000-01
References
Index

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