Charter Schools: Everything You Need to Know to Make the Right Decision for Your Child

Charter Schools: Everything You Need to Know to Make the Right Decision for Your Child

by Frederick A. Birkett, Janet Tabin

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Charter Schools: Everything You Need to Know to Make the Right Decision for Your Child by Frederick A. Birkett, Janet Tabin

Are you seeking an educational alternative because you are dissatisfied with your child's public school? Charter schools -- public schools that operate independently of the regulations governing traditional schools -- are becoming increasingly popular with parents who are looking for a better education choice for their children. In fact, Congress recently appropriated $100 million to expand the number of charter schools to 3,000 by 2001.

This informative book gives you everything you need to know about charter schools -- and tells you how they are redefining excellence in education. You'll be led through a step-by-step process that helps you determine whether the charter schools in your area are right for your child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761525165
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/07/2000
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Frederick A. Birkett, Ed.M., a graduate of Harvard University, is the executive director of the Benjamin Banneker Charter School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also serves as a consultant for the New York State Charter School Resource Center, and lives with his family in Medford, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Purpose and Plan of the Bookvii
Chapter 1What Is a Charter School?1
Chapter 2Is This What Your Child Needs?23
Chapter 3So You Might Want to Enroll Your Child?43
Chapter 4What Are They Teaching the Kids?59
Chapter 5How Are They Teaching the Kids?81
Chapter 6How Do They Know the Kids Are Learning?97
Chapter 7Who's in Charge Here?107
Chapter 8Technology: Is It Curriculum or Instruction?119
Chapter 9Think Twice About Safety, Discipline, and Special Needs125
Chapter 10Don't Forget the Details: Transportation and Before- and After-School Programs139
Chapter 11Maybe You'd Like to Start One of Your Own?147
Appendix ISome Basic Facts and Figures163
Appendix IIFor More Information: State Charter Granting Agencies, Web Sites, and Publications175
Appendix IIIComplete List of Existing and Newly Approved Charter Schools189
Bibliography225
Index227
About the Author237

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