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Priscilla Wohlstetter is distinguished research professor in the department of education policy and social analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a senior research fellow with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. Joanna Smith is an assistant research professor at USC's Rossier School of Education and assistant director of the Center on Educational Governance. Caitlin C. Farrell is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.


A thoughtful and concise overview of the critical issues facing the charter sector. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in research on charters, while raising the right set of questions for taking the research to the next level. Nina Rees, president and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools"
As president of the California State Board of Education, I make decisions about charter schools every month. About one-third of our agenda concerns charter schools. Until now, I have not been able to bring and organized and coherent set of charter research findings to my work. Priscilla Wohlstetter and her colleagues set to fill this gap .I know I will find it an invaluable resource in my role as a state official. From the forward by Michael W. Kirst, president, California State Board of Education, and professor emeritus, education and business administration, Stanford University"
Unlike the partial and partisan literature that dominates this field, Wohlstetter and her colleagues take a dispassionate look at what we do and don t know about the nature and performance of charter schools. They point to the complexity and diversity of charter schools and stress the need to take this into account when evaluating the sector s successes and failures. We urgently need similarly nonpartisan reviews of the research evidence on other recent reforms in the U.S. and other countries. Geoff Whitty, professor, director emeritus, Institute of Education, University of London"

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