Many people contributed to this book.
First, thanks to the pioneering educators, parents, and students in charter schools around the nation who shared their dreams, ideas, questions, and concerns with me. I hope this book is useful to them and to others committed to young people.
Many people have generously shared their insights. Special thanks go to Ted Kolderie, John Ayers, Jeannie Allen, Sue Bragato, Joan Buckley, Yvonne Chan, Andrea DiLorenzo, Frank Dooling, Suzanne Donovan, Jim Goenner, Jim Griffin, Howard Fuller, Eric Hirsch, Toni Haas, Jude Hollins, Peggy Hunter, Wayne Jennings, Rhonda Lauer, Debbie Lazarus, Lynn Lavely, Margaret Lin, Alex Medler, Paul Nachtigal, Eric Premack, Pam Riley, Jon Schnur, Darryl Sedio, Ted Sizer, Sarah Tantillo, Bill Windier, and Cindy Zautcke, and to legislators Ember Reichgott Junge, Mindy Greiling, Becky Kelso, and Matt Entenza.
I also thank the trustees and staff of the Annenberg Foundation, the Blandin Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, and the General Mills Foundation, all of which helped support this research. Thanks go also to University of Minnesota presidents Nils Hasselmo and Mark Yudof, who provided encouragement and financial support so that the Center for School Change can continue its work. My deep appreciation goes to G. Edward Schuh and John Brandl, who have served as deans at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. They provided critical advice and assistance.
Many people shared information they had gathered. Thanks go especially to Jon Schroeder, Ted Kolderie, Jeannie Allen, and Eric Hirsch for providing valuable information. Research assistants Stella Cheung, Jennifer Power, and Monishae Mosley worked hard