Conclusion: Charter School Reform — Sweeping Claims and Modest Progress

  • Jeanne M. Powers
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Education book series (PSUE)


As I suggested in the Introduction, charter school policy talk imagines a reform that will transform public education. The evidence presented here suggests that rather than radically changing public education, charter schools have had much more modest and local successes. Indeed, this is not surprising given the nature of charter school reform. Charter school reform is a form of decentralization within what is already a highly decentralized system of public education. At its core, charter school reform is largely a school-by-school reform that is shaped by features of the state and district contexts. The creation and evolution of individual charter schools is dependent on the opportunities and constraints available to teachers, parents, and community members in local settings.


Public Education Education Reform Policy Context Charter School School Culture 
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