Urban Schools, Public Will: Making Education for All Our Children / Edition 1

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Overview

In this important book, Norm Fruchter argues that our national failure to carry out the Brown mandate has produced segregated urban school systems that fail poor students of color. Drawing on a rich array of research and personal experience, he examines why urban districts have failed and what must be done to transform our city schools. He identifies urban districts as the key actors in this transformation and profiles three school districts that have achieved significant success in closing the achievement gap. He also identifies grassroots community organizing as a critical lever for provoking and supporting meaningful change in schools.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807747407
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Theresa Perry     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The Failure of Brown and the Degradation of Urban Schools     5
Thwarting the Promise of Brown     6
The Forces of Opposition to Brown     10
The Flight from Cities     13
Sustaining the Paradox: Politics, Markets, and America's Schools     15
Integration and the Military's Schools     18
The Value of Exemplars     21
The Achievement Gap and the Culture of Schooling     24
The Culture of Schooling     26
The Dominant Culture of Schooling and Black Students     28
Brothers and Keepers: How Schooling Failed an Aspiring Black Star     30
Voices of the Self: Street Culture Versus School Culture     35
The Culture of Schooling and Black Achievement     39
Synthesizing the Research to Reshape the Culture of Schooling     44
Inspection and Audit in Accountability     46
The English Inspection System     48
Inspection and Audit     51
Audit Systems in American Accountability     53
Some Problems of Audit Systems     55
The Critical Role of District Capacity     59
The Originsand Logic of No Child Left Behind     61
The Key Limitations of No Child Left Behind     63
The Ultimate Limitations of No Child Left Behind     67
The Limits of Choice     69
Choice and Effective Education for Black Students     72
Some Results of Choice Systems     74
The Context of Choice in Urban Settings     75
Choice and Exit, Voice, and Loyalty     77
The Choice Experiment in New York City's District 4     80
The Cause of District 4's Rise and Fall     84
The Role of District Support     88
Charter Schools and the Problem of Institutional Support     91
The District's Role in Systemic Reform     95
Reform Efforts and Urban Districts     97
The New American Schools Effort and Urban Districts     98
Urban Districts as Drivers of Reform     100
District 2's Reform Effort     100
First Things First in Kansas City, Kansas     105
District-Level Reform in Hamilton County, Tennessee     112
Common Elements of District-Level Reform     122
Organizing for Effective Schools and Districts     125
Education Organizing in Urban Settings     135
Variation in Education Organizing      136
What Education Organizing Can Accomplish     137
The Context of Education Organizing     140
Assessing the Results of Education Organizing     141
Education Organizing Can Increase Neighborhood Social Capital     142
Education Organizing Can Increase Accountability and Expand Capacity for Democratic Participation     144
Notes     149
References     155
Index     165
About the Author     179
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