The federal government is devoting millions of dollars to charter and voucher programs that currently require parents to abandon regular public schools. The School Choice Hoax: Fixing America's Schools exposes the misleading hyperbole that has been driving the school choice movement and shows how charter schools can become more effective and useful to public school districts. Corwin and Schneider provide an unusual blend of academic and practical knowledge derived from long careers careers as a sociologist and former Deputy Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators. They form conclusions from years of research and present information that is helpful to parents faced with the prospect of making school choice work. The School Choice Hoax is packed with observations about school choice that will inform parents, politicians, and other community members about the advantages and disadvantages of choice schools.
1 The School Choice Quagmire: Anomalies within the Movement and the Models 2 Claims for Charter Schools and School Vouchers: An Assessment 3 How to Improve Charter Schools: Clues from Open Enrollment, School-Based Management, The Coalition of Essential Schools, and Small School Initiatives 4 Why Choice Schools Should Be Specialized: Charter Schools and Vouchers Schools within a Planned Division of Labor 5 Plight of the Poor and Minority Student in an Uncaring Society: Using District-Operated Charter Schools to Improve Poverty Schools 6 Conclusions
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Joseph J. Cirasuolo
"Based on an honest and well researched description of education for poor children in this country, the authors have recommended strategies for systemic change to solve the problem. If you're really serious about closing the achievement gap, you have to read this book."
Anne Turnbaugh Lockwood
"The authors have advanced a novel, persuasive argument for a new and unique use of charter schools within school districts in ways that could make them model schools. This is must-reading for school administrators who are grappling with issues presented by disparities between schools in their districts and searching for equitable solutions that will make their districts shine."