- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Teachers College Press (September 19, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780807755792
- ISBN-13: 978-0807755792
- ASIN: 0807755796
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
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A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education Paperback – September 19, 2014
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"A remarkable new book.... Wise and energetic advocates such as Kahlenberg and Potter can take the charter movement in new and useful directions."
―The Washington Post
“I hope parents, educators in all sectors, concerned citizens, policymakers, philanthropists―and charter sector leaders―will take its compelling message to heart and act on it."
―Dennis Van Roekel, former president, National Education Association
“A tour-de-force, laying out in singular fashion what has gone wrong with the charter school movement, and what must be done to get it back on track.”
―Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers
“Our schools are becoming more and more segregated, while teachers have less and less voice. A Smarter Charter proves that we must change this, and just as importantly, shows us how we can.”
―James Forman Jr., Yale Law School
“Kahlenberg and Potter have delivered a thought-provoking, serious contribution. Agree or not with their views on the purpose and performance of charter schools, they have important things to say on where charters have been, where they need to go, and how they can get there. Friends and foes of charter schooling alike would do well to read this book.”
―Frederick M. Hess, resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
From the Author
Richard D. Kahlenberg is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and an expert on socioeconomic integration and labor issues in public schools. Halley Potter is a fellow at The Century Foundation and a former charter school teacher.
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Unfortunately, the author seems oblivious to the realities of public education in America - teacher unions and administrators are the #1 and #2 enemies of pupil achievement. Both continually demonstrate themselves far more interested in bettering themselves than pupils - starting with pay, benefits, protective union rules that forbid 'excessive' work (eg. more than 5 hours/day) and even a scintilla of accountability. Before writing this book he should have read Joel Klein's 'Lessons of Hope' (summary of his efforts to improve pupil achievement in New York City schools), Michelle Rhee's 'The Bee Eater' (summary of her efforts to improve pupil achievement in D.C. schools), 'On Equality of Education Opportunity' (summary of a massive research effort to determine 'what works' in education - turns out teacher-prized attributes such as seniority and courses completed are nearly worthless), Jay Greene's 'Education Myths' (summarizes what special interest groups want you to believe about education - and why it isn't so), etc., etc., etc. He also needs to think about why Asian students regularly triumph in international pupil achievement tests.
To be fair, his review of disappointing results in many charter schools is warranted - however, they've since improved, both by closing failing charters amongst them and improving their own efforts through management-led study, insights, and revision; as an analogy, Kahlenberg apparently would have football team members collaboratively review possibilities within each huddle and then vote on what to do.