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Reinventing America's Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System

Reinventing America's Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System

by David Osborne

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From David Osborne, the author of Reinventing Government--a biting analysis of the failure of America's public schools and a comprehensive plan for revitalizing American education.

In Reinventing America's Schools, David Osborne, one of the world's foremost experts on public sector reform, offers a comprehensive analysis of the charter school movements and presents a theory that will do for American schools what his New York Times bestseller Reinventing Government did for public governance in 1992. In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city got an unexpected opportunity to recreate their school system from scratch. The state's Recovery School District (RSD), created to turn around failing schools, gradually transformed all of its New Orleans schools into charter schools, and the results are shaking the very foundations of American education. Test scores, school performance scores, graduation and dropout rates, ACT scores, college-going rates, and independent studies all tell the same story: the city's RSD schools have tripled their effectiveness in eight years. Now other cities are following suit, with state governments reinventing failing schools in Newark, Camden, Memphis, Denver, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Oakland.

In this book, Osborne uses compelling stories from cities like New Orleans and lays out the history and possible future of public education. Ultimately, he uses his extensive research to argue that in today's world, we should treat every public school like a charter school and grant them autonomy, accountability, diversity of school designs, and parental choice.

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ISBN-13: 9781632869937
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

David Osborne is the author or co-author of five nonfiction books: Laboratories of Democracy; Reinventing Government, a New York Times bestseller; Banishing Bureaucracy; The Reinventor's Fieldbook; and The Price of Government. He has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and many other publications. Osborne is currently a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, directing the Reinventing America's Schools Project. He lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Part I New Orleans: Katrina Wipes the Slate Clean

Chapter 1 The Revolution 21

Chapter 2 The Schools 34

Chapter 3 The Results 54

Part II A Tale of Two Systems: Education Reform in Washington, D.C.

Chapter 4 The Birth of Charter Schools in D.C. 83

Chapter 5 Michelle Rhee Brings in Her Broom 95

Chapter 6 The Charter Board Gets Serious About Quality 103

Chapter 7 Comparing the Charter and Traditional Sectors 113

Part III Denver: An Elected School Board Adopts a 21st Century Strategy

Chapter 8 The Mile-High City Embraces Charter Schools 141

Chapter 9 Delivering Results 161

Chapter 10 Denver's Remaining Challenges 184

Part IV The Revolution Spreads

Chapter 11 Other Cities Embrace the 21st Century Model 199

Part V The Keys to Success

Chapter 12 The DNA of 21st Century Systems 223

Chapter 13 You Get What You Measure: Defining School Quality in 21st Century Systems 249

Chapter 14 Strategy: Getting from Here to There 278

Appendix A Measuring School Performance in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Denver 299

Appendix B What We Should Learn from Denver's Experience with Performance Pay 315

Appendix C Other Districts Pursuing 21st Century Strategies 319

Endnotes 333

Index 395

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