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Keeping the Promise?: The Debate over Charter Schools

reviewed by Lisa M. Stulberg - August 05, 2009

coverTitle: Keeping the Promise?: The Debate over Charter Schools
Author(s): Leigh Dingerson, Barbara Miner, Bob Peterson, and Stephanie Walters (eds.)
Publisher: Rethinking Schools, Milwaukee
ISBN: 0942961382, Pages: 144, Year: 2008
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As a progressive supporter of charter schooling, I have spent years trying to puzzle through what a politically and educationally progressive vision of charter schools looks like. How can I be both pro-union and pro-charter? How can I both support the concept of racial and economic integration in schooling and support race-specific charter school missions and schools that, by virtue of residential segregation, still lack racial and/or economic diversity? How can I believe that strong public oversight and support are often is necessary to ensure high-quality charter schooling and believe that communities and local schools should have broad freedom to define their educational needs? How can I recognize the limitations of standardized testing and be critical of the poorly-designed examples of these tests and the curricular restrictions they place on charter schools and still believe that all students should be taught so that they can excel on standardized tests? How... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 05, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15735, Date Accessed: 5/13/2021 5:52:21 PM

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  • Lisa Stulberg
    New York University
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    LISA M. STULBERG is, as of September of 2009, associate professor of educational sociology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her research focuses on the politics of urban schooling, race and education policy, affirmative action in higher education, and school choice policy and politics. She is the author of Race, Schools, and Hope: African Americans and School Choice after Brown (Teachers College Press, 2008) and the co-editor (with Eric Rofes) of The Emancipatory Promise of Charter Schools: Toward a Progressive Politics of School Choice (SUNY Press, 2004). She is the co-editor (with Sharon L. Weinberg) of Diversity in American Higher Education: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach (Routledge, forthcoming). She currently is working on a book with Anthony S. Chen, of the University of Michigan, on affirmative action history and politics in higher education.
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