Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education.
Written 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. Chavous's philosophy is summed up by this statement: "No matter what union officials or traditional-school activists say, it is abundantly clear that traditional school systems never have and never will reform themselves internally" (p. 75).
The book makes a judgment that neither charters nor vouchers can meet the needs of all students. Chavous envisions a three-prong approach using charters, vouchers, and regular public schools to meet the needs of all students (p. 75). He foresees a blending of purpose in which "charters and traditional schools converge to form a unitary system where they are largely reform-driven and indistinguishable in their characteristics" (p. 155).
Doctoral Fellow, Azusa Pacific University,
and Garvey School District,
Rosemead, California, Corcoran Unified
School District, Corcoran, California,
and Apple Valley Unified School,
Apple Valley, CA
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