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Four for the Future

A Reform Board Hires a Corporate Turnaround Firm to Manage St. Louis Schools
Richard Fossey, Sarah Glover, Donald R. McAdams, and Dan Katzir

“Four for the Future: A Reform Board Hires a Corporate Turnaround Firm to Manage St. Louis Schools” describes the election of a slate or four reform candidates to the seven-member St. Louis Public Schools board of education in April 2003 and the decision of the divided board to hire a corporate turnaround firm, Alvarez & Marsal, to restructure the district’s business operations.

From Demonstration to Field-Building

The James Irvine Foundation’s Linked Learning Initiative
Robert Schwartz and Alexander Seeskin

The James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco is launching the statewide Career Pathways Trust, a $250 million competitive grants program for high schools, community colleges, and their business partners to create pathways for careers in high-need, high-growth occupational sectors.

Funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (A)

Southern Echo and Alliance Building in a Racialized Context
Mara Casey Tieken, Kenneth Russel, Mark R. Warren, and Karen L. Mapp

This case traces the efforts of Southern Echo, a community organizing network working in poor, black communities in the Mississippi Delta, to significantly increase state spending on public education

Funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (B)

Southern Echo and Alliance Building in a Racialized Context
Mara Casey Tieken, Kenneth Russel, Mark R. Warren, and Karen L. Mapp

 The “B” case reveals Echo's decision regarding the petition campaign to leave the Alliance.

How Much Is Enough?

Padres y Jóvenes Unidos and the Struggle for Change at Denver’s North High School
Meredith Mira and Thomas Nikundiwe, with Mark R. Warren and Karen L. Mapp

This case provides participants with the opportunity to examine the issues involved when high school students become organized and press for change at their local high school.

Increasing College-Going Rates in Fulton County Schools

A Summer Intervention Based on the Strategic Use of Data
Lynn Jenkins and Michelle Wisdom, with Sarah Glover

"Increasing College-Going Rates in Fulton County Schools" helps participants think about how to use data to challenge assumptions, reveal student needs, address these needs programmatically, and evaluate results.

Investing in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

A Global Commitment?
Vidur Chopra, Sarah Dryden-Peterson

The case study focuses on educational investments in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS). How can donors minimize the risks of investing in these contexts while at the same time meeting global commitments to high-quality education for all children? 

Investing in Teachers

The Lawrence Public Schools Respond to State Receivership
Susan Moore Johnson and James R. Heal

In November 2011, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education placed Lawrence Public Schools in state receivership.

It Takes a City

Building a High-Performance School District in Houston
Donald R. McAdams, Betsy Broyles Breier, and Dan Katzir

“It Takes a City: Building a High Performance School District in Houston” continues the Houston Independent School District’s reform journey from 1996 to 2002.

Jolting the System

From Shared Decision-Making to Managed Instruction in San Diego
Christine Campbell, Richard Fossey, and Lynn Jenkins

“Jolting the System in San Diego: From Shared Decision-Making to Managed Instruction” covers the period from 1996 to 2002, and tells the story of two very different strategic reform efforts.

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