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Strategic Management of

Charter Schools  

Frameworks and Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs  


by Peter Frumkin, Bruno V. Manno and Nell Edgington, Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2011, 304 pp., $49.95 hardcover, $29.95 softcover

The Strategic Management of Charter Schools: Frameworks and Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs by Peter Frumkin, Bruno Manno and Nell Edgington offers well-thought-out management practices to assure success in the charter schools that are becoming increasingly popular.

The first charter school law was passed in Minnesota in 1991, and today there are more than 5,000 charter schools serving more than two million children.

Many of the problems encountered by charter schools are the result of placing the traditional management model on them. The authors make a persuasive case that these schools are different. Charter schools cannot be successfully administered with the traditional management tools and thinking.

Charter schools offer the most unique schooling to come along since public education came into existence. They are here to stay. The charter schools are so unique, departing from traditional models, that they must be managed with new tools and frameworks.

This book goes beyond best practices and offers the authors’ shared visions of a strategic toolbox of skills and frameworks that best apply to charter schools. The book encourages teachers and administrators to think outside the box, to get past the practices of administering a traditional school.

The charter schools often are created with the deepest commitment to improving the life chances of children. Reality brings recognition that there are budgets, people and other resources to manage. There are students and parents making demands. The book and collective knowledge of the authors provides help with these problems.

The Strategic Management of Charter Schools may be the first book to delineate the uniqueness of charter schools and the management tools to effectively assure their success. District administrators, charter school teachers and administrators, philanthropists and parent groups establishing a charter school should study this book.

Reviewed by Darroll Hargraves, communications/management consultant, School and Community Resources, Wasilla, Alaska



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