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The Debate
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Charter Schools are innovative, but also controversial.
Read essays by education experts as they debate the role of charter schools and the future of education reform in the United States.



Charter Schools Spark Reform
Jeanne Allen, president of The Center for Education Reform, discusses how charter school innovations have improved options for all children.



Cautionary Note
The staff at the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, raise a cautionary note to parents, educators and administrators about charter schools.



Keys to Success
Dacia Toll, director and co-founder of Amistad Academy, explains the core elements that account for the success of Amistad's education model.



Amistad as Model
Doug McCurry, executive director of Achievement First, a school reform non-profit founded by the leaders of Amistad Academy, discusses plans to bring the successes of the school to additional districts in Connecticut and New York.



Minding the Gap
Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips, co-editors of the book The Black-White Test Score Gap, discuss why the gap persists and what can be done to close it.



Elements of Effective Reform
Connecticut State Department of Education Commissioner Betty J. Sternberg outlines five elements of good, effective education reform for all schools.





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