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Powers, Jeanne M
Charter schools : from reform imagery to reform reality / Jeanne M. Powers
1st ed
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2009
book jacket
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Subject(s) Charter schools -- United States
Educational change -- United States
Physical Description xiv, 243 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-236) and index
Summary This book begins with the claims of policymakers and explores charter schools at each stage of the policymaking process, from legislation to implementation. Powers carefully and thoroughly examines how features of schools' policy contexts shape the ways that charter school reform unfolds at schools, providing a nuanced portrait of the schools participating in this much discussed and little understood reform movement. While policymakers are often prone to making sweeping claims about the efficacy of charter schools, in practice charter school reform is much more complex. By drawing on an extensive and compelling range of data, Powers assesses the validity of policymakers' claims
Contents Charter schools in the reform imagination -- Mapping the terrain of charter school reform -- State level policy action -- School level implementation : charter school reform on the ground -- How policy contexts shape implementation -- Policy dynamics: schools and accountability policies -- The relationship between policy talk and implementation -- Charter school reform : sweeping claims and modest progress
Series Palgrave studies in urban education

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