"[One of] the best books on schools and schooling to cross our editors' desks this year." -The American School Board Journal, August 1997Award-winning former public school educator Joe Nathan draws from nationwide surveys, research, and visits to dozens of charter schools to address key questions about charter schools. Who starts these schools? What kinds of students attend? Are charter schools using ideas and techniques from which other schools can learn? Are these schools actually helping students? Are charter schools making an impact on the larger educational system?