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Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools...and Winning! Lessons from Houston


reviewed by Grace Cureton Stanford — 2002

coverTitle: Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools...and Winning! Lessons from Houston
Author(s): Donald R. McAdams
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807738840, Pages: 312, Year: 2000
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Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools…and Winning! Lessons from Houston by Donald R. McAdams provides a vivid and compelling description of urban school reform. McAdams shows how extremely difficult and painfully slow the process was and the many obstacles that surfaced during the seven year period of reform. As a member of the board of education of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) since 1989, McAdams draws upon his insider status to provide a rich portrayal of the struggle to reform Houston’s public schools from 1990-1997. McAdams does not offer simplistic formulas that limit themselves to superficial issues; rather, he takes a broad view that shows the need for multiple and simultaneous changes that deal with systemic reform. Chapters one through fourteen focus on reform issues as they unfolded. These issues include strained relations between superintendents and the business community, infighting among board members, stringent opposition from the teachers’ union, misunderstandings with community leaders, and misguided state officials whose actions were politically motivated. In chapter fifteen, McAdams provides a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 18-20
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10753, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 12:40:34 AM

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  • Grace Stanford
    Pennslyvania State University
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    Grace Cureton Stanford is an Associate Professor of Education with approximately 16 years of teaching experience in public schools including six years in New York City. She has also served as Head of an Urban Teacher Education program that prepares teacher candidates for teaching grades K-6 in urban schools. Her papers on urban education have been presented at national conferences including the American Educational Research Association and published in journals such as The Urban Review, The Journal of Eduation for Students Placed at Risk , and most recently in Teachers College Record. She is currently writing a book on urban education in the United States.
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