Urban School Reform

Urban School Reform Lessons from San Diego

Edited by Frederick M. Hess
Pub. Date: January 2005
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-075-1
paper, 380 Pages
Pub. Date: January 2005
ISBN-13: 9781891792571
Price: $33.00

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An indispensable book for administrators, policymakers, scholars, and practitioners, Urban School Reform presents a revealing portrait of reform efforts while identifying the full range of issues that education reformers will need to address in districts across the country in the years ahead.


Impatient with the slow and sometimes stagnant pace of urban school reform, many observers are calling for bold and brash interventions. San Diego, under Alan Bersin, is a prototype of this approach, which one of the chapters in the volume summarizes as ‘Do it fast, do it deep, and take no prisoners.’ In Urban School Reform, top scholars turn their microscopes on the San Diego experiment, providing a nuanced assessment of an effort that is certain to be analyzed—and argued about—for years to come. — Jeffrey R. Henig, Teachers College, Columbia University

Alan Bersin has been a visionary school superintendent in San Diego. He has moved with bold strokes and sought to transform the very culture of the dysfunctional school system that he inherited. This invaluable book chronicles his efforts in a thorough and balanced manner. It is essential reading for those who are serious about urban school reform. — Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Board of Education

Each essay provides the next-best thing to being a participant-observer during the San Diego reform effort. A must-read for the committed urban school reformer. — Deborah McGriff, Executive Vice President, Edison Schools

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