“Whether you know much about charter schools or not, you have probably—at some point in your life—wondered: Why is K-12 education the way it is? Why isn’t it more the way I want it to be? People have asked themselves these question for decades and have made countless attempts to reform ‘school’ as we know it.”
Thus begins HIT THE DRUM: An Insider’s Account of How the Charter School Idea Became a National Movement, my latest book. A page-turning narrative, it tells the stories of dozens of key individuals who jumped in–before there was a “movement” or a “sector”– to spread the idea and help to launch charter schools. The first charter school law passed in MN in 1991. Currently, 44 states plus DC have laws, and more than 7,000 charter schools serve 3.2 million students. This book explains where the idea of chartering came from and why and how it spread so rapidly. It also looks at how charter school leaders have developed and nurtured other important innovations that have begun to take hold in the field.
Whether you actively support charters or not, I think you will find this an interesting read.
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