School Choice in the Real World: Lessons from Arizona Charter Schools

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The author wishes to thank Alan Altshuler, Bill Parent, Eric Rofes, and the editors of this volume for their helpful comments on this paper. Several funders made possible the research reported here: Harvard's Program of Innovations in American Government, the Taubman Center on State and Local Government and Program Education Policy and Governance, and the Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector Research Fund.

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Here are a few key references for each of these policy areas: (1) Choice: Early treatments from a variety of ideological perspectives include Friedman ( 1962: chapter 6); Levin ( 1968); Fantini ( 1973); Coons and Sugarman ( 1978). More recently book-length arguments for ( Chubb and Moe 1990) and against ( Henig 1994; Cookson 1994) wide-reaching school choice have emerged along with several edited volumes or articles from differing viewpoints ( Clune and Witte 1990a, 1990b; Rasell and Rothstein 1993; Cookson 1992; Fuller, Elmore, and Orfield 1996; Peterson and Hassel 1998). (2) Monopoly.: Most writing about the school-system monopoly appears in this choice literature. See also Peterson ( 1990) and Hill ( 1995). (3) School-based management: For an overview of the research, see Malen, Ogawa, and Kranz ( 1990). (4) Deregulation: See Fuhrman and Elmore 1995. (5) Accountability for results: see Ladd ( 1996).
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For a detailed discussion of partisan alignment regarding charter schools, see Hassel ( 1999: chapter 2).
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Some would argue that the precise opposite is true: that innovation is more likely to come about when resources are scarce and innovation is necessary for survival. An extensive literature on the subject is summarized in Kanter ( 1988: 181-183).

References

Altshuler Alan A., and Robert D. Behn. 1997. Innovation in American Government: Challenges, Opportunities, and Dilemmas. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution.

Archer Jeff. 1997. "States Struggle to Ensure Data Make the Grade." Education Week, 15 January.

Bryk Anthony S., Paul Hill, Dorothy Shipps et al. 1998. Decentralization in Practice: Toward a System of Schools. Chicago: The Consortium on Chicago School Research and The Institute for Public Policy and Management.

Budde Ray. 1988. Education by Charter: Restructuring School Districts. Andover, Mass.: Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and the Islands.

Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. 1996. Minnesota Charter Schools Evaluation: Interim Report. Minneapolis, Minn.: CAREI.

Center for Education Reform. 1998. "Charter School Highlights and Statistics." September 1, URL: http://www.edreform.com/pubs/chglance.htm.

Chubb John E., and Terry M. Moe. 1990. Politics, Markets, and America's Schools. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Figures ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1: Real World School Choice: Arizona Charter Schools 1
  • Notes 15
  • References 15
  • PART ONE Theoretical and National Perspectives 17
  • 2: And This Parent Went to Market: Education as Public Versus Private Good 19
  • Notes 35
  • Notes 36
  • 3: The Death of One Best Way: Charter Schools as Reinventing Government 39
  • Notes 55
  • References 55
  • 4: Congress and Charter Schools 58
  • Notes 65
  • Notes 67
  • 5: Charter Schools: A National Innovation, an Arizona Revolution 68
  • Notes 92
  • References 92
  • PART TWO Social Scientists Look at Arizona Charter Schools 97
  • 6: The Wild West of Education Reform: Arizona Charter Schools 99
  • References 114
  • 7: Why Arizona Embarked on School Reform (and Nevada Did Not) 115
  • References 127
  • 8: Do Charter Schools Improve District Schools? Three Approaches to the Question 129
  • Notes 139
  • Notes 140
  • 9: Closing Charters: How a Good Theory Failed in Practice 142
  • Conclusion and Recommendations for Policy Makers 156
  • Notes 158
  • References 158
  • 10: Nothing New: Curricula in Arizona Charter Schools 159
  • References 172
  • 11: How Arizona Teachers View School Reform 173
  • Notes 184
  • References 184
  • PART THREE Practitioners Look at Arizona Charter Schools 187
  • 12: The Empowerment of Market-Based School Reform 189
  • Notes 197
  • References 197
  • 13: A Voice from the State Legislature: Don'T Do What Arizona Did! 198
  • Notes 210
  • References 210
  • 14: Public Schools and the Charter Movement: An Emerging Relationship 212
  • Notes 220
  • References 220
  • 15: Whose Idea Was This Anyway? The Challenging Metamorphosis from Private to Charter 222
  • Notes 233
  • References 233
  • PART FOUR Lessons 235
  • 16: In Lieu of Conclusions: Tentative Lessons from a Contested Frontier 237
  • References 247
  • About the Editors and Contributors 249
  • Index 253
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