Palgrave Studies in Urban Education

Charter Schools

From Reform Imagery to Reform Reality

Authors: Powers, J.

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This book begins with the claims of policymakers and explores charter schools at each stage of the policymaking process, from legislation to implementation. Powers carefully and thoroughly examines how features of schools' policy contexts shape the ways that charter school reform unfolds at schools, providing a nuanced portrait of the schools participating in this much discussed and little understood reform movement. While policymakers are often prone to making sweeping claims about the efficacy of charter schools, in practice charter school reform is much more complex. By drawing on an extensive and compelling range of data, Powers assesses the validity of policymakers claims.

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Jeanne M. Powers is Assistant Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University.

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"This is a very ambitious undertaking by Powers! It will be a serious and comprehensive contribution to the knowledge base on charter schools, which is sorely needed these days." - Gary Miron, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Western Michigan University

"Powers has convincingly demonstrated the necessity of examining any education reform from multiple points of view: the talk that spawns it; the local environment in which it is implemented; and the broader policy environment that shapes and limits it. Taking charter schools as the focus of her analysis, the message of Charter Schools:From Reform Imagery to Reform Reality is both a warning and a promise: whoever seeks to understand the complexities of education reform must be prepared to look across a wide and complex policy landscape." - Gene V Glass, Author of Fertilizers, Pills & Magnetic Strips: The Fate of Public Education in America

"Powers offers a useful overview of the national charter school scene, including the development of legal frameworks for charter-prominent states such as Arizona and Michigan. Using national data sets from 1999-2000 and 2005-06, Powers presents useful information, including the characteristics of those who attend and work in charters, variations in program offerings and management, and more." - CHOICE


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Charter Schools in the Reform Imagination

    Pages 1-15

    Powers, Jeanne M.

  • Mapping the Terrain of Charter School Reform

    Pages 17-38

    Powers, Jeanne M.

  • State Level Policy Action

    Pages 39-59

    Powers, Jeanne M.

  • School Level Implementation: Charter School Reform “On the Ground”

    Pages 61-110

    Powers, Jeanne M.

  • How Policy Contexts Shape Implementation

    Pages 111-158

    Powers, Jeanne M.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Charter Schools
Book Subtitle
From Reform Imagery to Reform Reality
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Urban Education
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-62211-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230622111
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60627-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37354-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 243
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