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On Becoming College Prep: Examining the Challenges Charter School Staff Members Face While Executing a School's Mission


by Raquel Farmer-Hinton — 2006

This article draws from a case study investigating the organizational characteristics of a college preparatory charter high school and the impact of that college preparatory climate on the postsecondary plans of the school's graduating classes. Although charters provide local communities with alternatives to existing educational institutions, many recently chartered schools face organizational trials that can limit their effectiveness. This article reports findings from the base-year data collection of a multiyear case study of a recently chartered college preparatory high school. The findings show how logistical constraints and staff turnover affected the implementation of the school's mission, which is to prepare educationally and socially disadvantaged students for college.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 6, 2006, p. 1214-1240
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12523, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 10:15:19 AM

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  • Raquel Farmer-Hinton
    University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
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    RAQUEL L. FARMER-HINTON is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Her area of interest is urban education, with a specific interest in the relationship between school resources and student outcomes. She is currently leading a multiyear case study of a college preparatory charter school in Chicago, a project initiated with the support of the Spencer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on Urban Education Reform at the University of Chicago.
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