This volume could not have progressed without the backing of many individuals and organizations. Most important, the Bodman Foundation generously funded much of the research reported here. In addition, the College of Business at James Madison University provided crucial institutional support in the form of a research leave and computer time for one of the editors. The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia gave additional support for two other editors.
We wish to thank Cathy Murphy, acquisitions editor of the Westview series on education, for her constant encouragement and always sage advice. We also wish to thank our very accommodating and knowledgeable production and copy editors, Lisa Wigutoff and David Toole, who made the editing process bearable. Two anonymous, hardworking reviewers developed suggestions that were difficult to implement but certainly improved our "baby." In addition, the editors of this volume were blessed with contributors who brought their work in on time, and in good order. The remaining flaws are ours alone.
We are also grateful to a number of the analysts of and "players" in Arizona charter school policy who were nice enough to provide information, including Doug Pike of the State Board for Charter Schools, Mary Kay Haviland of the Arizona Education Association, Lori Mulholland of the Morrison Institute, Jaime Molera of Governor Hull's staff, and Eddie Farnsworth of the Arizona Charter Schools Association. These people taught us that Arizona is a state where policy makers make a point of urging researchers to interview their opponents. If only Washington could work that way!
We wish to thank the hardworking teachers from Arizona and Nevada who took the time to fill out our teacher surveys. A number of outstanding public servants from the Arizona Department of Education took the time to provide information and explanation, including Mary Gifford, Lyle Skillen, John Eickman, Jonathan White, and especially Michelle Carter, who worked hard to find the data we needed. Perhaps more than anyone, Barbara Fontaine answered our questions, often for the fourth or fifth time, and never lost her patience with the interlopers from back east. Barbara's knowledge is second only to her dedication to the education of Arizona's youth.