Book Features:Provides a comprehensive historical account of the origins of vouchers and charters. Includes accounts of intriguing historical experiences. Examines the defunding of neighborhood public schools in favor of often underregulated charters. Reveals charter school “churn” that often follows the closing of a mismanaged charter. Provides a cogent counternarrative to the claim that charters are necessary for America to compete globally.
“How fortunate that we have another soon-to-be classic from Mercedes Schneider that informs and empowers us all for the fight back!”
—Joyce E. King, Georgia State University
“Schneider provides a must-read for anyone, especially educators, interested in the future of public education.”
—Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, Louisiana State University
“Outstanding! Powerful! This is the most interesting and best-researched book on school choice I've ever read.”
—Julian Vasquez Heilig, California State University
“Mercedes Schneider is the right person to take a close look at the controversies around the Common Core. She is not only a high school teacher, but also holds a Ph.D. in research methods and statistics. No one digs deeper than she to understand the politics, money, and personalities behind big issues.”
—Diane Ravitch, professor of education at New York University, historian of education and bestselling author, author of Reign of Error
“The Common Core 'state' standards swept the nation in an educational coup d’etat six years ago. The campaign was so swift that most Americans—indeed most educators—had never even heard of the standards when they were adopted. Mercedes Schneider has become the nation's leading detective investigating this 'whodunnit' mystery, and here she tells the tale, from the beginning.”
—Anthony Cody, educator, writer, and public speaker
Updated with examples through 2010, this classic study examines the disruptive effects of disasters on patterns of human behavior and the routine operations of government, and the conditions under which even relatively minor crises can lead to system breakdown. Integrating case studies of emergency management with studies of collective behavior, the author identifies factors that contribute to successful government handling of disaster situations and distills insights that can be used to improve these capacities at all levels--federal, state, and local.
The book includes numerous illustrations as well as expanded coverage of research on disaster management and greatly expanded reference lists.