Color of School Reform Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education

ISBN-10: 0691088977

ISBN-13: 9780691088976

Edition: 1999

Authors: Jeffrey R. Henig, Richard C. Hula, Desiree S. Pedescleaux, Marion Orr

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Why is it so difficult to design and implement educational reform in large city schools? How does the politics of race complicate the matter? This book explores these issues, looking at educational reform in four American cities.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/11/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Civic Capacity, Race, and Education in Black-Led Cities
The Challenge of Urban Education
Reforms That Go Nowhere
Civic Capacity: Organizing Communities to Get Things Done
A Tough Task: Why Human Development May Be More Difficult than Economic Development
Competing Views of Race and School Politics
Research Design
The Plan of the Book
Racial Change and the Politics of Transition
Patterns of Racial Turnover in Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, and D.C.
Racial Transition and Political Change: The Rise of Black Political Power
Managing School Desegregation
Political Compromise and Transition: The Evolution of Black-led School Districts
The Political Landscape in Black-Led Cities: From Formal to Informal Power
Conclusion: Historical Legacies and Racial Politics
The Elusiveness of Education Reform
The Condition of Education: Poor Performance and Even Poorer Conditions
Local Problem Definitions: A Favorable Foundation for Reform
An Array of Reform Efforts
The Frustration of Reform
Why Is Reform So Difficult?
Race and the Political Economy of Big-City Schools: Teachers and Preachers
Race, jobs, and Politics
Unions and Reform
Black Ministers and School Affairs: 1960-1980
Reform with Teachers and jobs in Mind
Parental and Community Participation in Education Reform
What Kind of Participation and on Whose Terms?
Patterns of Participation in Black-Led Cities
The Dog That Hasn't Barked: Accounting for the Absence of a Stronger Community-Based Movement
Fizzled Expectations
Black Leaders, White Businesses: Racial Tensions and the Construction of Public-Private Partnerships in Education
Business-School Partnerships: The Rallying Cry
Some Cautionary Notes
Business and School Reform in Black-Led Cities
Race As an Inhibiting Factor to Business Involvement
Partnerships and Racial Politics in Black-Led Cities
The Role of External Actors
Traditional Roles of External Actors
Growing Regulatory Assertiveness of External Actors
The Changing Role of the Courts
Current Issues and Interventions
Variations in State Policy
Local Capacity and External Actors
School Reform As If Politics and Race Matter
Race As a Complicating Factor in the Politics of School Reform
Education Policy As If Politics and Race Matter
Prospects for a Human Capital Regime
Index
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