A Gamble

Can Charter Schools Fix Public Education?

Even as he battles economic woes at home and security threats abroad, President Barack Obama is advancing a bold strategy for improving the nation’s schools. His new budget aims to recast Washington’s role in education, shedding the regulatory minutiae of the No Child Left Behind Act put in place by George W. Bush.

Instead, Obama is banking on economic incentives to alter the behavior of educators. Armed with $4.3 billion in stimulus funding, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is...

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About the Author

Bruce Fuller, professor of education and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Inside Charter Schools (Harvard) and Standardized Childhood (Stanford).