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"It is difficult to find a book or study of charter schools these days that does not take sides in the raging argument over whether charter schools are the salvation or the scourge of our nation's schools. But Buckley and Schneider have pulled it off. Their book . . . is a useful indicator of what is going on with charters nationwide."--Jay Mathews, Washington Post

"Charter Schools uses research methodology to examine charters' performance in the District of Columbia."--Sean Cavanagh, Education Week

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"Charter Schools: Hope or Hype? is the most complete study to date of whether charter schools are likely to improve education for inner-city children. Buckley and Schneider look at all sides of the issue in a balanced, exhaustive approach. The arguments are convincing, particularly because they are made on the basis of extensive empirical data in the District of Columbia, where almost one of five students attend charters."--Martin Carnoy, Stanford University

"This volume is more comprehensive than any on the many facets of charter-school claims and the testing of their validity. The authors provide a balance in interpretation that is rarely found on the subject of charter schools, not taking an extreme position based upon ideology, but letting the findings speak for themselves. This book makes a significant contribution to the field."--Henry M. Levin, editor of Privatizing Education

"This book promises to fill an empirical gap as the charter-school movement begins its third decade. The authors deliver an evenhanded, sophisticated investigation on how parents and students made schooling decisions. The study's statistical analyses will make a solid contribution to the educational-policy research."--Kenneth Wong, Brown University

"Buckley and Schneider have produced some of the most provocative research on charter schools. This book links the issue to a broad array of theoretical debates that have resonance beyond the community of scholars fervidly interested in the ins and outs of charter schools. The original datasets that the authors have compiled are totally unique. It took tremendous effort to pull this off."--Jeffrey R. Henig, author of Rethinking School Choice


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Schools should not be run as businesses 2 Jun. 2008
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Schools, prisons, hospitals, governments, and the like should not be run as businesses or following business principles. The reason is simple, most businesses fail. Business methodology more often than not leads to failure. Society should, instead prefer and follow the methods of science, engineering, and democracy. (See also my "review"/comments on the book The Dismal Science:How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community, 12 May 2008)
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