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Are Charters Different?

Public Education, Teachers, and the Charter School Debate

Zachary W. Oberfield (author) Jeffrey R. Henig (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781682530702

Publication Date: Jun 2017

Format: Hardback

Investigates the question of whether charter schools cultivate different teaching climates from those found in traditional public schools. To answer this question, Zachary W. Oberfield examined hundreds of thousands of teacher surveys from across the US. The result is a trenchant analysis that deepens our understanding of what the charter experiment means for the future of US public education.
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In his new book, Zachary W. Oberfield investigates the question of whether charter schools cultivate different teaching climates from those found in traditional public schools. To answer this question, Oberfield examined hundreds of thousands of teacher surveys from across the nation. The result is a trenchant analysis that deepens our understanding of what the charter experiment means for the future of US public education.

Are Charters Different? shows that the teaching climates of charter and public schools do differ in important ways and explores the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. In addition, the book inquires into critical differences within the charter sector, between for-profit and nonprofit charters, and between independently operated schools and those that are part of educational management organizations. Ultimately, the book argues, the choice between charter and public schools should be more about what we value in public education and consider acceptable trade-offs.
Language English
Pages 272
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2017
Publisher Harvard Education Press
Series Education Politics and Policy
Subject/s Schools   Politics & Government   Independent schools, private education  
Jeffrey R. Henig is professor of political science and education at Teachers College and professor of political science at Columbia University.

Zachary W. Oberfield is an associate professor of political science at Haverford College and winner of the 2015 Best Book Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management.

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