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Serving Our Children: Charter Schools And The Reform Of American Public Education Kevin P. Chavous

Serving Our Children: Charter Schools And The Reform Of American Public Education

Kevin P. Chavous

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ISBN : 9781931868693
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182 pages
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Public education is failing America s children--especially those in poor urban areas. D.C. Council member Kevin Chavous has long been an outspoken advocate for educational reform that serves the needs of all of our children. In Serving Our Children,MorePublic education is failing America s children--especially those in poor urban areas. D.C. Council member Kevin Chavous has long been an outspoken advocate for educational reform that serves the needs of all of our children. In Serving Our Children, Mr. Chavous, who has been at the forefront of the charter school movement, explores what his city has learned from the charter school experience and what it means to American public education as a whole. In just five short years, under Mr. Chavous s leadership, charter schools in Washington went from zero to nearly forty and currently enroll about 11,000 students in six schools. These schools provide more than traditional public schools can--wrap around services to poor children who are hungry, inadequately clothed, lacking sleep, and sometimes exposed to physical and emotional violence. Mr. Chavous uses D.C. s charter schools to demonstrate how their greater flexibility and autonomy allows them to better serve the social, economic, language, and educational needs of students and their families--services these children need to succeed in school. He admits that charter schools are not without their critics and explains why, but he argues that these schools are an important model for the educational reform that must take place if our children are to carry America into a brighter future.REVIEWS Chavous (Education Law, Washington College of Law, American U.) is a leading national advocate for school choice and has been chair of the Council of the District of Columbias Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation since 1996. Using Washington, D.C.s experiences with charter schools as a primary foundation, he draws on anecdotes, research, interviews, and other resources to provide a holistic framework of short- and long-term solutions to the shortcomings of the American education system. Academic but accessible to the general reader.Jane Erskine, Book News Inc., 2004/11Written in a conversational style, the book is equally readable by educators, parents, students, and politicians of every political stripe. He gives a fair portrayal of charter schools failures and glowing reports of success. Patricia Lundeen, Childhood Education (the Journal of the Association for Childhood Education International), 2005/01/15His book represents the first detailed discussion of the charter school movement both in the District of Columbia and around the country. Mr. Chavous book has received praise from policy makers, educators and book critics.The Center for Education Reform, The Center for Education Reform, 2005/02/08Kevin Chavous on 20/20s Stupid In America: How We Are Cheating Our Kids with John Stossel airs Jan. 13 (10 to 11 p.m. ET) on ABC Stossel questions how much success there can be under a government monopoly school system. Kevin Chavous, a former Washington, D.C., city councilman and education reformer, tells Stossel the schools will never improve unless there is competition. (With) all the well-intended designs and programs du jours, unless there is some competition infused in the equation, then they know they have a captive monopoly that they can continue to dominate. 2006/01/13