Winter 2004 / Vol. 4, No. 1
Back in 1976, when I was a crackerjack reporter for the Woodlawn High School Calumet, I interviewed the Baltimore County school district’s superintendent, Joshua Wheeler. The conversation was to provide my introduction to the politics of public education. I asked Wheeler, who was about to retire, why the district did not require students to pass […]
All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? By Luis Benveniste, Martin Carnoy, and Richard Rothstein
The American Dream and the Public Schools By Jennifer Hochschild and Nathan Scovronick
Vouchers in the courts James E. Ryan provides a balanced and comprehensive description of the next round in the legal fight over vouchers (“The Neutrality Principle,” Feature, Fall 2003). State constitutional provisions serve as the most immediate impediment to voucher programs that include religious schools. The assumption had long been that state courts are free […]
Fiscal troubles plague the public schools
A path-breaking study of teachers in Texas reveals that working conditions matter more than salary
The pressures of accountability may encourage school personnel to doctor the results from high-stakes tests. Here’s how to stop them.
Michigan links college scholarships to high-school results
Traditionalists and progressives coexist warily in today’s public schools, creating fragmented institutions with no common ethos. Letting teachers start their own schools may bring an end to the pedagogical holy wars.
The tension between unions and professionals
Daniel experiences the regular classroom
The Department of Education enters the innovation business
Head Start gets a makeover. President Bush proposes to refocus Head Start on the teaching of academic skills. Should Democrats go along?
The typical urban school district’s personnel and budgeting systems leave principals without much say in hiring teachers or allocating resources. The decentralization movement may just change that.
The long economic boom enabled school districts nationwide to fund expensive reforms and hefty pay raises. Now, however, they are finding it nearly impossible to cut costs and balance their budgets. What makes it so tough for districts to downsize?
Why school districts can’t downsize
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