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Charter schools : creating hope and opportunity for American education
Nathan, Joe, 1948-
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First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.
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xxxiv, 254 pages ; 23 cm.
Introduction : a new choice -- Introducing charter schools : A tour of charter schools ; The birth of a movement -- How charter schools are changing the system : Breaking the district monopoly ; A new role for unions -- Creating charter schools : Getting started ; Building support ; Staying in business -- Where to, what next : Key early lessons ; Charting the future.
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"[One of] the best books on schools and schooling to cross our editors' desks this year."

--The American School Board Journal, August 1997

Award-winning former public school educator Joe Nathan draws from nationwide surveys, research, and visits to dozens of charter schools to address key questions about charter schools. Who starts these schools? What kinds of students attAnd? Are charter schools using ideas and techniques from which other schools can learn? Are these schools actually helping students? Are charter schools making an impact on the larger educational system?

Author Notes

Joe Nathan is director of the Center for School Change at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and writes a weekly education column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. His guest columns have appeared in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlanta Constitution.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xiii
Prefacep. xxvii
Introduction: A New Choicep. 1
Part 1 Introducing Charter Schools
1 A Tour of Charter Schoolsp. 23
2 The Birth of a Movementp. 55
Part 2 How Charter Schools Are Changing the System
3 Breaking the District Monopolyp. 75
4 A New Role for Unionsp. 93
Part 3 Creating Charter Schools
5 Getting Startedp. 121
6 Building Supportp. 131
7 Staying in Businessp. 142
Part 4 Where To, What Next
8 Key Early Lessonsp. 167
9 Charting the Futurep. 180
Appendix A Charter Activity State by Statep. 187
Appendix B Model Charter School Lawp. 207
Appendix C Additional Resourcesp. 223
Notesp. 227
The Authorp. 239
Indexp. 241