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New Faculty Book Explores Charter School Fact vs. Rhetoric

September 5, 2016


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Assistant Professor of Education Studies Tara Affolter has coedited the book The Charter School Solution: Distinguishing Fact from Rhetoric with Jamel K. Donnor, associate professor in the School of Education at the College of William and Mary. The book is published by Routledge as part of its Research in Education series.

Routledge offers the following description of the book:

"Challenging the popular perception that the free market can objectively ameliorate inequality and markedly improve student academic achievement, this book examines the overly positivistic rhetoric surrounding charter schools. Taking a multifocal approach, this book examines how charter schools reproduce inequality in public education. By linking charter schools to broader social issues and political economic factors, such as neoliberalism, race, and class, The Charter School Solution presents a more complete and nuanced assessment of charter schools in the context of the American public education system."

In the book's introduction, Affolter and Donnor write that, "The empirical, theoretical, and casae studies presented here should give politicians, 'reformers,' parents, educators, and community members pause and consider the damaging impact of charter school expansion in this country."