By Richard D. Kahlenberg,Halley Potter
“A notable new book.... clever and vigorous advocates equivalent to Kahlenberg and Potter can take the constitution stream in new and helpful directions.”
—The Washington Post
Moving past the controversy over even if constitution colleges may still exist, A Smarter Charter wrestles with the query of what sort of constitution colleges we should always inspire. The authors start by means of tracing the evolution of constitution colleges from instructor union chief Albert Shanker’s unique imaginative and prescient of giving lecturers room to innovate whereas instructing a various inhabitants of scholars, to today’s constitution colleges the place nearly all of academics aren't unionized and scholar segregation degrees are even better than in conventional public faculties. within the moment 1/2 the e-book, the authors research key reforms at the moment visible in a small yet transforming into variety of constitution schools—teacher voice and socioeconomic integration—that have the capability to enhance functionality and reshape the stereotypical snapshot of what it skill to be a constitution school.
Important analyzing for policymakers, educators, researchers, and all voters drawn to the way forward for America’s public schools, A Smarter Charter features:
- Profiles of constitution colleges which are bucking the existing tendencies, together with their functionality facts and the demanding situations they face.
- Best practices from profitable constitution faculties, comparable to tools for attracting a various scholar physique and examples of cutting edge instructor contracts.
- Reform options that could enhance pupil results in various public colleges, not only charters.
“Kahlenberg and Potter have brought a thought-provoking, severe contribution. Agree or no longer with their perspectives at the objective and function of constitution colleges, they've got very important issues to assert on the place charters were, the place they should move, and the way they could get there. associates and foes of constitution education, alike, may do good to learn this book.”
—Frederick M. Hess, resident student and director of schooling coverage reports, American company Institute
“Read this booklet and draw thought and concepts from constitution colleges and educators bucking the fashion and reclaiming that unique, collaborative, and strong promise and spirit. i'm hoping mom and dad, educators in all sectors, involved voters, policymakers, philanthropists—and constitution quarter leaders—will take its compelling message to center and act on it.”
—Dennis Van Roekel, former president, nationwide schooling Association
“A tour-de-force, laying out in singular type what has long past fallacious with the constitution college stream, and what needs to be performed to get it again on track.... A Smarter Charter is a must-read for these all in favour of the way forward for constitution faculties and public education.”
—Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers