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Education Reform in New York City

Ambitious Change in the Nation’s Most Complex School System
Edited by Jennifer A. O’Day, Catherine S. Bitter, and Louis M. Gomez

Written in an accessible style by highly respected scholars, the papers in this volume document and analyze particular components of the Children First reforms, including governance, community engagement, finance, accountability, and instruction.

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Education, Equity, and the States

How Variations in State Governance Make or Break Reform
Sara E. Dahill-Brown

Education, Equity, and the States examines how variations in state governance determine how federal initiatives are implemented and makes recommendations for approaching reform from this perspective. The book defines the key ways in which state policy environments differ from one another, illustrates how those differences matter, and encourages reformers to account for these disparities to achieve more sustained and equitable improvement.

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Educational Entrepreneurship

Realities, Challenges, Possibilities
Edited by Frederick M. Hess

This lively and provocative book introduces this burgeoning field for readers concerned with K-12 education in the United States--and with efforts to reform and improve it.

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Educational Entrepreneurship Today

Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane

In Educational Entrepreneurship Today, Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane assemble a diverse lineup of high-profile contributors to examine the contexts in which new initiatives in education are taking shape. They inquire into the impact of entrepreneurship on the larger field—including the development and deployment of new technologies—and analyze the incentives, barriers, opportunities, and tensions that support or constrain innovation.

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Educational Inequality and School Finance

Why Money Matters for America's Students
Bruce D. Baker

In Educational Inequality and School Finance, Bruce D. Baker offers a comprehensive examination of how US public schools receive and spend money. Drawing on extensive longitudinal data and numerous studies of states and districts, he provides a vivid and dismaying portrait of the stagnation of state investment in public education and the continuing challenges of achieving equity and adequacy in school funding.

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English Language Learners and the New Standards

Developing Language, Content Knowledge, and Analytical Practices in the Classroom
Margaret Heritage, Aída Walqui, and Robert Linquanti, foreword by Kenji Hakuta

In English Language Learners and the New Standards, three leading scholars present a clear vision and practical suggestions for helping teachers engage ELL students in simultaneously learning subject-area content, analytical practices, and language. This process requires three important shifts in our perspective on language and language learning—from an individual activity to a socially engaged activity; from a linear process aimed at correctness and fluency, to a developmental process, focused on comprehension and communication; and from a separate area of instruction to an approach that embeds language development in subject-area activities.

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Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

The Past and Future of California’s Proposition 209
Edited by Eric Grodsky and Michal Kurlaender, foreword by Robert Birgeneau, introduction by Christopher Edley, Jr.

Equal Opportunity in Higher Education examines issues pertaining to equal opportunity—affirmative action, challenges to it, and alternatives for improving opportunities for underrepresented groups—in higher education today.

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Equal Scrutiny

Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education
Patricia Burch and Annalee G. Good

In the current rush to adopt and expand digital learning, many important considerations are being overlooked that will have major consequences for the future of American public education. As private education technology contractors and vendors move deeper into the work of public education, questions concerning the quality of the services, who is served, and who benefits need to be answered.

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Equity and Quality in Digital Learning

Realizing the Promise in K–12 Education
Carolyn J. Heinrich, Jennifer Darling-Aduana, and Annalee G. Good

Equity and Quality in Digital Learning identifies and presents specific strategies and practices for using digital tools to reduce inequities in educational opportunities and improve student outcomes.

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Evidence, Politics, and Education Policy

Lorraine M. McDonnell and M. Stephen Weatherford

In Evidence, Politics, and Education Policy, political scientists Lorraine M. McDonnell and M. Stephen Weatherford provide an original analysis of evidence use in education policymaking to help scholars and advocates shape policy more effectively. The book shows how multiple types of evidence are combined as elected officials and their staffs work with researchers, advocates, policy entrepreneurs, and intermediary organizations to develop, create, and implement education policies.

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