Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 234 x 161 x 20 mm
Contemporary debate about charters and school choice is dominated by the market metaphor and attention to large-scale management organizations offering standard education models designed to attract substantial enrollments. Fox and Buchanan remind us in this book about a different side of the choice movement, one rooted in social values more than economic transactions and that aims to meet different cultures on their own terms. It's a valuable counterpoint. -- Jeffrey R. Henig, professor of political science and education, Teachers College, Columbia University, author of "Spin Cycle: How Research is Used in Policy Debates, The Case of Charter Schools"
Ethnocentric-niche public charter schools are only a small percentage of the growing number of public charter schools in the United States, but they provide opportunities for instructional innovation to enhance student learning, parental engagement and involvement, and partnerships with community organizations. Through an intriguing set of case studies, the book describes schools trying new educational strategies to provide high-quality public school experiences to students. Additionally, this book explores the primary issues raised regarding ethnocentric-niche schools, such as whether these schools will assimilate students into the larger set of democratic beliefs and values that public schools have been expected to instill and whether these schools cross legal boundaries. The book serves as a great resource for the debate on the purpose and function of public schools. -- Nina Rees, President & CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
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