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ERIC Number: ED474394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 255
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-4198-1
Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement. Critical Issues in Educational Leadership Series.
Murphy, Joseph; Shiffman, Catherine Dunn
This volume presents a "big picture" perspective on the charter-school movement. It provides a definition of charter schools, what they are, and where they fit on the landscape of school reform; an explanation of why charters enjoy widespread bipartisan support; a look at how charters are situated in the larger school-reform movement of the last quarter century; an analytic spotlight on the history and development of charter schools; an examination of the key dimensions of charters (choice, deregulation, decentralization, competition, and accountability); investigations of charter schools in action; and analyses of the impact of charter schools at the local and system levels. Seven chapters include: (1) "Introduction: Laying the Foundation"; (2) "History of Charter Schools"; (3)"Exploring the Charter School Architecture"; (4) "The Supporting Climate for Charter Schools"; (5) "The Embedded Logic of Charter Schools"; (6) "Expected Benefits and Possible Costs"; and (7) "Charter School Effects." It is hoped that this publication will help educators and policymakers in assessing the value and the future of charter schooling. (Contains 362 references.) (RT)
Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (paperback: ISBN-0-8077-4198-1, $24.95; cloth: ISBN-0-8077-4199-X, $58). Tel: 212-678-3929; Tel: 800-575-6566 (Toll Free); Fax: 212-678-4149; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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