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Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform / Edition 1

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Overview

Almost everyone agrees that America's urban schools are a mess. But while this agreement has fostered widespread support for aggressive reform, Frederick Hess argues that much of what ails urban education is actually the result of continuous or fragmentary reform. Hess argues that policymakers have misallocated resources by pursuing the "right" structure or the "best" pedagogy while paying insufficient attention to the more mundane - and more important - questions of how to implement, refine, and sustain a particular approach in their particular district. Previous research on high-performing schools suggests that the best schools are characterized by focus and by an ability to develop expertise in specific approaches to teaching and learning. To help educators and policymakers adopt and nurture a focused agenda, Hess recommends institutional changes that increase the effectiveness of performance outcomes and reduce the incentives to emphasize symbolic reform.
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Editorial Reviews

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Loveless (public policy, Harvard U.) focuses on reform efforts to abandon or reduce tracking, the practice of grouping students into classes by ability and organizing the curriculum by its level of difficulty. He discusses the conflict inherent in any state reform trying to influence school policy, especially one as deeply entrenched and locally rooted as tracking. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The strength in Hess's work lies in his thorough critique of the limitations of past reforms and related policy issues. He effectively documents the many issues and activities related to past school reforms.
" —Don T. Martin, University of Pittsburgh

"Hess's carefully articulated political-institutional framework makes an important contribution to our understanding of the causes, extent, and consequences of policy churn and provides food for thought with regard to designing further studies of urban education reform.
" —Melissa J. Marschall, University of South Carolina

"This book should be read by graduate students, policy makers, and professionals and practitioners.
" —N. L. Arnez, emeritus, Howard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815736356
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 637,186
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick M. Hess is the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He is the coauthor (with Michael J. Petrilli) of No Child Left Behind Primer (Peter Lang, 2006) and editor of Educational Entrepreneurship (Harvard Education Press, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Politics
1 The Politics of Urban School Reform 3
2 Organizational and Personal Incentives for Reform 30
3 The Supporting Players in Urban School Reform 59
Pt. 2 The Evidence
4 The Dizzying Pace of Urban School Reform 89
5 A Political Explanation of Policy Selection 103
6 Community Context and Urban School Reform 124
7 The Effectiveness of Urban School Reform 151
Pt. 3 The Possibilities
8 The Spinning Wheels of Reform: Getting Unstuck 177
App. A Conducting the Study 193
App. B List of Districts Studied 203
App. C Summary Data on Respondents 205
App. D OLS Regression Results for Chapter 6 207
References 209
Index 225
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