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

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About the Editors and Contributors

Gregg A. Garn is an assistant professor in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Arizona State University. He earned an M.A. from Arizona State University and a B.A. in history education from the University of Northern Iowa. His articles have been published in Educational Leadership and the Arizona School Boards Association Journal. His current research interests are charter schools, vouchers, school choice issues, and superintendent and school board relations.

April Gresham is a researcher, writer, and statistician living in Virginia. She has taught social psychology at the University of Minnesota, Furman University, and Lafayette College. Her scholarly work has appeared in Family Law Quarterly, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies, Social Behavior and Psychology, and PS: Political Science and Politics. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and her B.A. in psychology from the University of Georgia in 1985.

Lee L. Hager, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1981, is assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction with the Flagstaff Unified School District. He is on the adjunct faculty for Northern Arizona University at the Center for Excellence in Education. He has authored articles and made numerous presentations on middle level education, site-based shared decisionmaking and educational innovation. He has been a member of the U.S. secretary of education's Blue Ribbon Schools panel since 1984. Lee is a member of the Ecological Futures Global (EFG) curriculum consortium founded by futurist Joel Barker and educator Barbara Barnes. He is also a board member of the Western Regional Middle Level consortium. Lee has experience in both public and private education in Arizona, New York, and Washington State. Lee is married and has three children and may be reached at Ihager@flagstaff.apscc.k12.az.us

L. Elaine Halchin is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Syracuse University. Her dissertation, "Public Education and Vouchers: The Challenges and Possibilities for Democracy," examines how parents of school-age children in Milwaukee view education and the implications thereof for democracy. Her essay "A Different Type of Civic Education" was published in The Good Society in 1997. In addition to education policy, her interests include citizenship, urban government, and adult civic education. Prior to beginning work on her doctorate, she served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for eleven years.

Mary Hartley has represented the 20th legislative district in the Arizona state senate since 1995. The district encompasses portions of Phoenix, Glendale, El

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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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