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Does Fixing America’s Schools Mean Scrapping The Public Model?

Book cover of David Orborne's new book 'Reinventing America's Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System' delves into case studies where the charter school system helped boost school performance.
David Osborne

The charter school experiment is in many ways still in its infancy. In the past 25 years thousands of schools across the country have turned to the model to tackle low performance and to give administrators more freedom to play with school structure. There are some glowing success stories, but studies show inconsistency in charter school performance even within particular states.

David Osborne is an education policy analyst whose new book argues that schools need more independence in order to succeed. He is a proponent of giving schools the power to make their own rules and to step out from under the shadow of school boards and superintendents.

His new book “Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System” (Bloomsbury/ 2017) delves into case studies of charter school success and details lessons that can be learned from the charter school experiment. Osborne speaks with host Frank Stasio about his findings ahead of his talk at North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Library auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by EducationNC.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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