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By Jack Buckley

During the last a number of years, privately run, publicly funded constitution faculties were bought to the yankee public as an schooling replacement promising greater pupil fulfillment, higher mother or father pride, and extra vivid institution groups. yet are constitution faculties providing on their promise? Or are they only hype as critics contend, a high priced test that's bleeding tax money from public colleges? during this publication, Jack Buckley and Mark Schneider take on those questions on one of many thorniest coverage reforms within the kingdom this day. utilizing an incredibly rigorous learn strategy, the authors examine constitution colleges in Washington, D.C., conscientiously analyzing college facts going again greater than a decade, reading ratings of interviews with mom and dad, scholars, and lecturers, and meticulously measuring how constitution faculties practice in comparison to conventional public colleges. Their conclusions are sobering. Buckley and Schneider exhibit that charter-school scholars should not outperforming scholars in conventional public faculties, that the standard of charter-school schooling varies broadly from university to varsity, and that mum or dad enthusiasm for constitution colleges begins out robust yet fades through the years. and so they argue that whereas constitution colleges may perhaps meet the main simple try of sound public policy--they do no harm--the proof indicates all of them too usually fall in need of advocates' claims. With the way forward for constitution schools--and possibly public schooling as a whole--hanging within the stability, this ebook helps the case for containing constitution faculties extra in charge and brings us significantly closer to resolving this contentious debate.

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However, a number of charter schools offer extended days or longer school years. Henig et al. C. charter schools are more likely to emphasize a particular substantive theme rather than curricular innovation. According to their study, 40 percent of the schools emphasized the arts, nonvocational math and science, or foreign languages. During the 2003–4 school year, our research team visited twenty-seven charter schools. , our interaction with charter school staff did not suggest that the schools were positioning themselves in terms of unique curricular or operational features.

For them, closures are clearly proof that accountability is taken seriously. ACHIEVEMENT: THE ULTIMATE GOAL? While many advocates of choice argue that competition, choice, community, and accountability are goals in themselves, others argue that they really serve as intermediate steps to the ultimate goal of higher school performance. Lubienski makes this point clear: 18 CHAPTER 1 [T]hemes such as “innovation,” “choice,” “competition,” and “diversity,” although they all have some value in and of themselves, often serve as intermediate goals that structure opportunities for institutions to increase achievement.

We believe our analysis is a reasonable and reasoned reading of the data and we firmly believe that the lessons we draw have bearing on the ongoing debate over school choice and charter schools; nonetheless, caveat emptor is always sound advice. We believe that political and social attitudes and behaviors develop in response to the institutional arrangements that define the opportunities, constraints, and the benefits and costs of such actions. In this chapter we begin the substantive work of the book, describing the context in which the parents, the students, and the schools we study operate.

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