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Michael Fabricant is a professor at the Hunter College School of Social Work and executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare. Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women's Studies, and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (January 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807752851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807752852
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an exceptional book. I just read it over the holiday break before my wife and I get back to my office in the private sector and my kids go back to school.

As parents and taxpayers we have to realize that we've been schemed and lied to: The Charter "school" movement may have started with good intentions---at least among most people working inside of it---but it is now just another Crony Capitalist Enterprise, manipulating numbers, making specious arguments and relying on cash from hedge fund predators and detached billionaires who don't even send their own precious kids to public school.

American schools---except for the ones located in the poorest 20% of postal zip codes---are doing quite well and have actually been improving substantially over the last 20 years. When you control for income level of a student's family, the USA is at, or very close to the top in every category.

Even among the poorest Americans there have been direct and measurable improvements over the last two decades; the gains on SAT scores and the many, many---ironically, often disruptive of actual learning---other standardized tests they now even give to Kindergarteners, American kids are going up, not down---despite what you've been told.

Charters essentially have one purpose today: To make mega profits for the companies that only want the revenue from taxpayers and to take control of what is a public trust---one that we all share and benefit from---and turn it into a privately owned cash cow for a handful of the already wealthy. And in some states, they're well down that road already.

This book spells it all out. I highly recommend it, as I do the last two books from Diane Ravitch.
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This covers the development of charter schools with a good history of the subject but the writing is pedantic and repetititve.
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An excellent introduction to charter schools and what's happening nationally.
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