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This guide was developed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement. Sharon Horn was project director. Jim Houser oversaw the technical content of the report.
An external advisory group provided feedback to refine the scope of the study underlying this guide, define the criteria for selecting case study states, and clarify the text. Members (and their affiliations at the time of the advisory meeting) were Elise Balboni, vice president, Education Programs, Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Annie Donovan, chief operating officer, NCB Capital Impact; Bryan Hassel, co-director, Public Impact; Barbara Page, independent consultant; and Todd Ziebarth, state policy director, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
Staff in the Department of Education who provided input and reviewed drafts include Sue Betka, Kim Brodie, Cynthia Cabell, Thomas Corwin, Kate Devine, Meredith Farace, Steve Freid, Ann Margaret Galiatsos, Robin Gilchrist, Margaret Guenther, Doug Herbert, Jane Hess, Ellen Kendrick, Nettie Laster, Joseph Pika, Andy Smarick, Tiffany Taber, Dramon Turner, Linda Wilson, and Susan Winchell.
The information in this guide is based in large part on interviews with 35 individuals from eight states and Washington, D.C., all of whom were generous with both time and attention. This guide could not have been developed without their thoughtful involvement. These respondents were Carole Barkley, Robert Cane, Norman Chaffee, Jug Chokshi, Cliff Chuang, Andy DeYoung, Michele Diamond, Bill Dougherty, Kim Edwards, Shannon Farrell-Hart, Sam Gaillard, Gary Geeting, Jim Griffin, Lisa Grover, Katie Howell, Stefan Huh, Katrina Johantgen, Clare Jozwiak, Barbara Kampmeinert, Jay Kaprosy, Joe Keeney, Marc Kenen, William A. Liggins, Adam Miller, Kathleen O'Keefe, David Patterson, Mary Perry, Judith Porras, Dan Quisenberry, Steven Race, Jon Schroeder, Eileen Sigmund, Jo Ann Soker, Rebecca Sullivan, and Caprice Young. For the state and professional affiliation of each interviewee, see table A1, "Respondents Interviewed for This Guide" in appendix A, Research Methodology.
The cover photograph is of MATCH Charter Public School, a Boston-based college preparatory middle and high school. MATCH is housed in a 1918 building originally designed as the New England headquarters for Lincoln Automobiles. Although the building has been upgraded to better serve its current purpose, a palatial center stairway and a high-ceilinged hall with neo-Egyptian columns that once served as the automobile showroom attest to its automotive-related origins.