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Saving the School One Woman's Fight for the Kids That Education Reform Left Behind

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ISBN-10: 0143123610

ISBN-13: 9780143123613

Edition: N/A

Authors: Michael Brick

List price: $17.00
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In the race to save a failing public high school, one principal finds that making the numbers is only the beginning Being principal of Reagan High in Austin, Texas, was no dream assignment. Test scores were low, dropout rates were high, and poverty was endemic. But when Anabel Garza took the job, she started something no one expected. Racing against a deadline just to make the numbers, she set out to rebuild the kind of school that once unified neighborhoods across America. By her side, a basketball coach showed kids they could be winners, a young science teacher showed them they could learn, and a community rallied around a treasured institution. In this powerful rejoinder to the prevailing winds of education policy, Michael Brick takes readers inside the high-pressure world of a school on the brink. Paying overdue tribute to a vital American tradition—the great American high school—Saving the Schoolexposes the flaws of a broken system but also tells an inspiring story of faith, hope, and perseverance.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Christopher Michael Brick was born in Cheverly, Maryland on June 21, 1974. He attended the University of Texas at Austin before leaving to work for The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. He was later a speechwriter for a Texas state representative. He also worked for, a financial news site, and as a researcher on the 2001 book The Informant written by Kurt Eichenwald. He started working for The New York Times in 2001. He covered Enron's collapse in a financial scandal, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and crime in New York. He left The Times staff in 2008, but signed a yearlong contract to write a column called Pushing the Limit. He became a senior writer at The Houston Chronicle in 2014. His first book, Saving the School: The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher, a Coach, a Bunch of Kids, and a Year in the Crosshairs of Education Reform, was published in 2012. The Big Race, a Kindle Single e-book about a nationwide motorcycle race, was published in 2013. He died of colon cancer on February 8, 2016 at the age of 41.