Class Warfare Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools

ISBN-10: 145161201X

ISBN-13: 9781451612011

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Authors: Steven Brill

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IN a reporting tour de force, award-winning journalist Steven Brill takes an uncompromising look at the adults who are fighting over America’s failure to educate its children—and points the way to reversing that failure.Brill’s vivid narrative—filled with unexpected twists and turns—takes us from the Oval Office, where President Obama signs off on an unprecedented plan that will infuriate the teachers’ unions because it offers billions to states that win an education reform “contest”; to boisterous assemblies, where parents join the fight over their children’s schools; to a Fifth Avenue apartment, where billionaires plan a secret fund to promote school reform; to a Colorado high school, where students who seemed destined to fail are instead propelled to college; to state capitols across the country, where school reformers hoping to win Obama’s “contest” push bills that would have been unimaginable a few years ago.It’s the story of an unlikely army—fed-up public school parents, Ivy League idealists, hedge-funders, civil rights activists, conservative Republicans, insurgent Democrats—squaring off against unions that the reformers claim are protecting a system that works for the adults but victimizes the children.Class Warfare is filled with extraordinary people taking extraordinary paths: a young woman who goes into teaching almost by accident, then becomes so talented and driven that fighting burnout becomes her biggest challenge; an antitrust lawyer who almost brought down Bill Gates’s Microsoft and now forms a partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates to overhaul New York’s schools; a naïve Princeton student who launches an army of school reformers with her senior thesis; a California teachers’ union lobbyist who becomes the mayor of Los Angeles and then the union’s prime antagonist; a stubborn young teacher who, as a child growing up on Park Avenue, had been assumed to be learning disabled but ends up co-founding the nation’s most successful charter schools; and an anguished national union leader who walks a tightrope between compromising enough to save her union and giving in so much that her members will throw her out.Brill not only takes us inside their roller-coaster battles, he also concludes with a surprising prescription for what it will take from both sides to put the American dream back in America’s schools.
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 8/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946

Steven Brill is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. He founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer magazine, and Brill's Content magazine. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, and The New York Times Magazine. He won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Service for Time's March 4, 2013, Special Report "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us." He has written several books including The Teamsters, Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools, and America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System.

The Race
Juicy Words
The Epiphanies
"Be Obedient. Be Good. Keep Your Mouth Shut."
"If an Unfriendly Foreign Power Had Attempted…"
A "Hopelessly Naive" Thesis
A Governor and a President Take Center Stage
Payroll to Payroll
Lighting Up the Capitol Switchboard
The Backlash
Schoolyard Classroom
The Discovery: "Good Teaching Matters"
The Network
No Child Left Behind
"Don't Worry, It's Just a Parent"
"The Union Won't Allow It"
"The Idea Wasn't Just to Keep Them from Killing Somebody"
"How Could the Democrats Be Against This?"
Seeing George Soros's Apartment
New York Realities
"Our Party Has Got to Wake Up on This"
The Co-location Trap
Creating a New School System the Hard Way
"Colorado Says Half of You Won't Graduate"
The Pol and the Moneymen
Foxes in the Henhouse
Mounting Evidence
"This Just Seemed So Obvious"
More Money, No Hassles
Building Harlem Success
"This Is Not a Self-Esteem Movement"
"You Really Don't Want to Hire Me"
"Pulling the Rug Out"
Money Meets Data
Hillary for Teachers, Teachers for Hillary
Forward, Backward in New York
$45,000 Well Spent
"Faceless Bureaucracy"
Back in the Classroom
Quarantine the Data
Climbing the Ladder
Rhee's Choice: Your Union or $130,000
Turning Around the USS Gates
The New Democrats
Two Returns to the Classroom
"Wake Up, Obama Just Talked About You"
"Inside Baseball"
"What Do You Guys Think You Could Do with a Hundred Billion?"
The Chosen Four
"They'll Do Backflips"
"Things I Can't Change from This Building"
Widgets
Agreement in Pittsburgh
The Opposite of Venture Capital
"Outcomes, Not Achievement"
"Obfuscating the Issue… Fooling the Reviewers"
A Shriek on Park Avenue
The Feinberg Gambit
School Reform: The Movie
Firing Everyone
"My Baby Is Reading"
Going Over to the Other Side
A "Baffling" Round One
"Varnish on a Sinking Ship"
Two Winners
Back on the Horse in Colorado
Billionaires Trapped in an Elevator
Rhee's Breakthrough
"He Met with Everyone"
A New York Breakthrough-or Mirage?
Rocky Mountain High
"Honored, Humbled, Hopeful-and Horrified"
"She's de Klerk in South Africa. We Have to HelpHer
The Quiet Revolution
"Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire"
Klein's and Mulgrew's "Wonderful Negotiation"
From Inside Baseball to Public Accountability
"Arne, Here's the Column You've Been Missing"
Soaring Dreams, Street-Level Politics
Rhee Rejected
"I'll E-mail Your Dad and Tell Him"
The "Mujahideen" and the Moderates
Punch, Counterpunch
A Marathon, Not a Sprint
Acknowledgments
Sources
Notes
Index
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