By James G. Cibulka, William L. Boyd

ISBN-10: 0313051364

ISBN-13: 9780313051364

ISBN-10: 1567506402

ISBN-13: 9781567506402

We're in a race opposed to time to save lots of city young ones from academic failure and to reform city university structures sooner than humans hand over on them. The authors study the effectiveness of 3 reform methods: platforms reform, mayoral impression, and exterior nation or federal intervention, utilizing case reviews from seven huge towns, in addition to nation and nationwide trends.The social and monetary transformation of huge American towns after global warfare II laid the seeds for the drawback in city schooling that has festered and grown because the Fifties. many years of appalling try out rankings and failure premiums, and of unsuccessful piecemeal efforts to enhance city schooling, have led the general public and policymakers to include radical strategies to reform.Three techniques to the reform of city university governance are mentioned and analyzed, utilizing information from seven huge towns (Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, la, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York), nationwide developments, and a statewide research of Maryland's university responsibility procedure. the 1st process, structures reform, makes a speciality of enhancing the governance of city schooling by way of overcoming coverage fragmentation via criteria for pupil functionality, pupil checks, and responsibility, between different issues. powerful mayoral roles supply a moment reform method that mostly reverses the Progressive-era reforms of the final century isolating colleges from urban politics. Its supporters think city mayors can repair responsibility, balance, and political help for city colleges. The 3rd reform process assumes that exterior intervention by way of federal or nation experts is required to revive responsibility and enhance procedure functionality.

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During that school year only 29 new schools entered the LEARN program, and the school board cut the LEARN budget by millions of dollars the following year. At the same time, relations between Los Angeles Mayor (and LEARN participant) Richard Riordan and the seven-member school board reached a nadir. Though he lacked any formal authority over the district, the recently reelected Riordan continued to use the mayor’s office as a bully pulpit to challenge district officials and advocate reform. He openly Brief Sketches of School Reform in Los Angeles 15 sought tougher accountability, fired bad principals, and took responsibility for reconstituting low-performing schools.

Noting that the district had set over 20 priorities in recent years, the report countered, “but having so many priorities really means having none” (p. 7). In a series of recommendations that would have been welcomed by the administrative progressives of the early twentieth century, the committee endorsed a strong, independent superintendent (“the superintendent as chief executive officer” [p. 5]), a clearly defined set of priorities, measurable pathways to student achievement, and accountability.

Each of these districts would be sizable in itself—about the size of the Boston or San Francisco public school system. The plan was notable for what it did not say. There was virtually no detail about how much fiscal autonomy each district would have or how fiscal or operating autonomy would be made possible. The district would continue to have a single labor contract, all its schools would be owned and maintained by the central district, and it was apparent that at least some curricular decisions would be made centrally.

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