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Tilting at windmills : school reform, San Diego, and America's race to renew public education

Author: Richard Lee Colvin
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard Education Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between 1998, when Alan Bersin became superintendent of the San Diego school system, and 2005, when he left that post, San Diego undertook a sustained and notably ambitious effort to reform its public school system. Bersin's efforts were controversial from the start, both within San Diego and throughout the United States. Yet everyone agreed that the San Diego story was an immensely important one--and that it was a  Read more...
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Named Person: Alan Douglas Bersin; Alan Douglas Bersin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Lee Colvin
ISBN: 9781612505640 1612505643 9781612505657 1612505651
OCLC Number: 829386761
Description: viii, 248 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The selection : "the community wanted a change agent" --
The transition : "we will stumble ... but we will do it" --
The first year : "the district had fragmented into near anarchy" --
Principals : "expectations were altered" --
The "blueprint" : "a virtual mission impossible" --
The teacher union : "this hostility is not becoming of professionals" --
The school board : "the reason for the crisis in American education is that no one is accountable" --
The media : "the myths started very early on ... and we were unable to get rid of most of them" --
High schools : "we have acted ... as though high school doesn't matter" --
Choice and charters : "people have the right to pick their own lawyers and doctors, so why shouldn't they have the right to pick their own schools?" --
The lessons of San Diego for urban education reform --
Commentary : making schools productive : the point of accountability and the key to renewal / Alan D. Bersin.
Responsibility: Richard Lee Colvin.

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