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Waiting for School Reform: Charter Schools as the Latest Imperfect Panacea


by Alan R. Sadovnik — March 17, 2011

This commentary uses the documentaries "The Cartel" and "Waiting for Superman" to critique the current neo-liberal agenda of over-emphasizing the success of charter schools and painting traditional public schools for low-income children as dismal failures. The author provides empirical evidence to the contrary and argues that a more balanced agenda that supports the replication of excellent models of urban schools, both charter and traditional, be adopted.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 17, 2011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16370, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:18:54 PM

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  • Alan R. Sadovnik
    Rutgers University
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    ALAN R. SADOVNIK is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Education, Sociology and Public Administration and Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, where he is the Co- Director of the Institute on Educational Law and Policy and the Newark Schools Research Collaborative, and Coordinator of the Educational Policy track of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Systems. He is the author or editor of thirteen books as well as dozens of journal articles and book chapters, and ten major urban educational policy reports on Newark, New Jersey, and the nation. He received the American Sociological Association’s Willard Waller Award in 1991 for the outstanding article in the sociology of education; and the American Educational Association Critics Choice Award for outstanding books in 1995, 2000, and 2002. He is currently on the editorial boards of The American Education Research Journal, Teachers College Record, History of Educational Quarterly and The Urban Review and was on the boards of Sociology of Education and Educational Foundations.
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