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Essay Review: Beyond the One Best System: Case-Studies of Charter Schools


reviewed by Leonard J. Waks — 2003

coverTitle: Essay Review: Beyond the One Best System: Case-Studies of Charter Schools
Author(s): Bruce Fuller (Editor)
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674008235, Pages: 302, Year: 2002
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Charter schools are public schools in that they are supported by public taxation and free from tuition, and accountable to the public in terms stated in their charters, yet they are granted waivers from some standard state and local rules and regulations. They receive the full state per-student allocation, and can be started and operated by parents, teachers, civic activists and non-governmental organizations, school administrators, and/ or universities. Establishment of such schools thus withdraws the exclusive franchise for public schools from local school districts.   Charter schools have won broad political support, and have expanded rapidly. Before 1991 no charter schools existed. By 2000, there were more than 2000 of them, serving more than 400,000 students in 37 states and the District of Columbia, and most had long waiting lists. When combined with the more than 1.2 million American children now being home schooled, up from a mere handful a decade ago (Stevens, 2002), charter schools pose an incisive challenge to the legitimacy of the “one best system”... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 97-102
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10951, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 3:45:55 AM

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  • Leonard Waks
    Temple University
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    LEONARD J. WAKS is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Temple University.
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