Are Charters Different? shows that the teaching climates of charter and public schools do differ in important ways and explores the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. In addition, the book inquires into critical differences within the charter sector, between for-profit and nonprofit charters, and between independently operated schools and those that are part of educational management organizations. Ultimately, the book argues, the choice between charter and public schools should be more about what we value in public education and consider acceptable trade-offs.
"Zachary W. Oberfield’s thoughtful analysis, Are Charters Different? Public Education, Teachers, and the Charter School Debate, serves as a welcome departure from more ideological and polarizing literature on charter schools with its balanced, evidence-based analysis of organizational issues in charter schools." — Aimee L. Williamson, Journal of Public Administration Research And Theory