Book Review                                                 Page 45


The Charter School Experiment  

edited by Christopher Lubienski and Peter Weitzel, Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2010, 304 pp. with index, $29.95 softcover


In The Charter School Experiment, Christopher Lubienski and Peter Weitzel share the contributions of distinguished authors, a list that reads like a “who’s who” in American higher education, teaching, research and scholarship.

A notable weakness in the list is the omission of viewpoints, shared experiences and recommendations from practicing charter school principals. There are no contributions from superintendents who are working with teachers, students and parents to make charter schools a success.

Perhaps the U.S. Department of education could use the information in this book as the federal government pushes states to open more charter schools.

The book lacks practical application but addresses history, problems, successes, governance, funding and future prospects of charter schools. Numerous examples help us see the broad, detailed picture.

Charter schools are evolving and they are not what they once were. The new charter school on tomorrow’s horizon will be serving different purposes than those originally set out for them.

The Charter School Experiment is a collection of writings authored by thoughtful, scholarly education leaders. The book provides material that supports cases both for and against charter schools.

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


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