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A Citizen’s Response to the President’s Charter School Education Proclamation: With a Profile of Two “Highly Performing” Charter School Organizations in Arizona


by Amanda U. Potterton — November 01, 2013

This article examines two Arizona-based charter school organizations, well known for their high academic rankings locally and nationally. In response to President Obama's May 5th through May 11th 2013 “National Charter Schools Week” proclamation, and his call for the nation's support of highly performing charter schools, the author analyzes the schools' demographic profiles, using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Common Core of Data (CCD), and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). The author also explores current public discourses surrounding the two charter school organizations. The findings are relevant and timely in light of Obama’s call to extend and replicate successful charter schools throughout the United States, because the results problematize the definition and nuances of charter school “success” by considering the study’s schools in relation to their underrepresentation of disadvantaged students. Based on evidence discovered in the study, the author provides relevant policy questions and suggestions for local, state, and federal education policymakers.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 01, 2013
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17309, Date Accessed: 4/23/2014 4:36:12 AM

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  • Amanda Potterton
    Arizona State University
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    AMANDA U. POTTERTON is a student in the Ph.D. Program in Educational Policy and Evaluation, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University. Her research interests include the politics of school choice, charter schools, privatization and public education, and the social justice implications of these policies for disadvantaged students. Prior to joining the Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation, she was a New York City Teaching Fellow and taught special education in New York City, and a teacher and school leader in the United Kingdom.
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