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Charter Schools: Creating Hope and Opportunity for American Education


reviewed by Sarah Tantillo 1998

coverTitle: Charter Schools: Creating Hope and Opportunity for American Education
Author(s): Joe Nathan
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787944548, Pages: 288, Year: 1999
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If you already know a fair amount about charter schools, Joe Nathan’s Charter Schools: Creating Hope and Opportunity for American Education will give you the sensation of reading a travel guide about your hometown. Familiar names (Ted Kolderie, Milo Cutter, Yvonne Chan), places (O’Farrell Community School, Minnesota New Country School, New Visions School), and concepts (accountability, parent and community involvement, innovation) create a reassuring terrain. You will think to yourself: Hey, I know something about this place. I know these people. If, on the other hand, you are wondering what all the fuss is about, you need to read this book. It provides a clear and simple overview of an increasingly populated landscape. Since 1991 when the first charter school legislation was enacted in Minnesota, 28 more states plus the District of Columbia have adopted legislation, and some 700 schools will be in operation this fall. In his most recent State of the Union Address, President Clinton called for 3,000 charter schools by the year 2000. The pace... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 3, 1998, p. 605-607
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10283, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 5:38:30 PM

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  • Sarah Tantillo
    New Jersey Charter School Resource Center
    Sarah Tantillo is coordinator of the Charter School Resource Center, New Brunswick, NJ.
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