THE PRIZE WHOS IN CHARGE OF AMERICAS SCHOOLS

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The Prize

Author : Dale Russakoff
ISBN : 9780547840512
Genre : Education
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A New York Times Bestseller Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Christie, and Cory Booker were ready to reform our failing schools. They got an education. When Mark Zuckerberg announced to a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the downtrodden schools of Newark, New Jersey, then mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie were beside him, vowing to help make Newark “a symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation.” But their plans soon ran into the city’s seasoned education players, fierce protectors of their billion-dollar-a-year system. It’s a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s children. Dale Russakoff delivers a riveting drama of our times, encompassing the rise of celebrity politics, big philanthropy, extreme economic inequality, the charter school movement, and the struggles and triumphs of schools in one of the nation’s poorest cities. As Cory Booker navigates between his status as “rock star mayor” on Oprah’s stage and object of considerable distrust at home, the tumultuous changes planned by reformers and their highly paid consultants spark a fiery grass-roots opposition stoked by local politicians and union leaders. The growth of charters forces the hand of Newark’s school superintendent Cami Anderson, who closes, consolidates, or redesigns more than a third of the city’s schools—a scenario on the horizon for many urban districts across America. Russakoff provides a close-up view of twenty-six-year-old Mark Zuckerberg and his wife as they decide to give the immense sum of money to Newark and then experience an education of their own amid the fallout of the reforms. Most moving are Russakoff’s portraits from inside classrooms, as homegrown teachers and principals battle heroically to reach students damaged by extreme poverty and violence. The Prize is an absorbing portrait of a titanic struggle, indispensable for anyone who cares about the future of public education and the nation’s children.
Category: Education

Reinventing America S Schools

Author : David Osborne
ISBN : 9781632869937
Genre : Education
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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.
Category: Education

Carpetbagging America S Public Schools

Author : Curtis J. Cardine
ISBN : 9781475840216
Genre : Education
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This book is a forensic accounting analysis of the financial effects of twenty years of charter schools and vouchers on the publics investment in public education.
Category: Education

Education In America

Author : Kimberly A. Goyette
ISBN : 9780520285101
Genre : Education
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"Education in America introduces readers to social inequality in education in the U.S. The book highlights findings from current, rigorous sociological research, covering patterns and trends in inequality in education by socioeconomic background, race, and gender, and framing them in the context of current issues and controversies such as expanded accountability and school choice policies. This book sheds light on the complexity of inequality in schools--that inequality is difficult to attribute to a single factor or explanation, and that it works differently by socioeconomic status, race, and gender. This complexity, in turn, complicates possible overarching policy solutions"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Education

Twenty First Century Jim Crow Schools

Author : Raynard Sanders
ISBN : 9780807076064
Genre : Education
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How charter schools have taken hold in three cities--and why parents, teachers, and community members are fighting back Charter schools once promised a path towards educational equity, but as the authors of this powerful volume show, market-driven education reforms have instead boldly reestablished a tiered public school system that segregates students by race and class. Examining the rise of charters in New Orleans, Chicago, and New York, authors Raynard Sanders, David Stovall, and Terrenda White show how charters--private institutions, usually set in poor or working-class African American and Latinx communities--promote competition instead of collaboration and are driven chiefly by financial interests. Sanders, Stovall, and White also reveal how corporate charters position themselves as "public" to secure tax money but exploit their private status to hide data about enrollment and salaries, using misleading information to promote false narratives of student success. In addition to showing how charter school expansion can deprive students of a quality education, the authors document several other lasting consequences of charter school expansion: * the displacement of experienced African American teachers * the rise of a rigid, militarized pedagogy such as SLANT * the purposeful starvation of district schools * and the loss of community control and oversight A revealing and illuminating look at one of the greatest threats to public education, Twenty-First-Century Jim Crow Schools explores how charter schools have shaped the educational landscape and why parents, teachers, and community members are fighting back.
Category: Education

Improved Test Scores Attitudes And Behaviors In America S Schools

Author : Rita Stafford Dunn
ISBN : 0897896874
Genre : Education
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More than thirty school supervisors throughout the United States provide insights into how each achieved significantly higher standardized achievement test scores for his or her student populations.
Category: Education

The Role Of Character Education In America S Schools

Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and the Workforce. Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families
ISBN : STANFORD:36105050152276
Genre : Education and state
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This publication covers the hearing held on March 1, 2000, in Washington, DC, before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families of the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives on the role of character education in U.S. schools. The publication contains the following: "Statement of Mr. Michael N. Castle, Chairman, Subcommittee on Early Childhood Youth and Families, Representative from Delaware"; "Statement of Mr. Dale Kildee, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families, Representative from Michigan"; "Statement of Ron Kinnamon, Coalition Vice-Chairperson, Character Counts! Coalition"; "Statement of Diane Berreth, Deputy Executive Director, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development"; "Statement of Esther Schaeffer, Executive Director and CEO, Character Education Partnership"; "Statement of Andrew Shue, Co-Founder, Do Something"; "Statement of Sheldon Berman, Superintendent of Schools, Hudson Public Schools"; "Appendix A--The written statement of Michael N. Castle, Chairman, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families, Representative from Delaware"; "Appendix B--The written statement of Dale Kildee, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families, Representative from Michigan"; "Appendix C--The written statement of Ron Kinnamon, Coalition Vice-chairperson, Character Counts! Coalition"; "Appendix D--The written statement of Diane Berreth, Deputy Executive Director and CEO, Character Education Partnership"; "Appendix E--The written statement of Esther Schaeffer, Executive Director and CEO, Character Education Partnership"; "Appendix F--The written statement of Andrew Shue, Co-Founder, Do Something"; and "Appendix G--The written statement of Sheldon Berman, Superintendent of Schools, Hudson Public Schools." (BT)
Category: Education and state