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Revolution at the Margins: The Impact of Competition on Urban School Systems


reviewed by Terry Stirling 2003

coverTitle: Revolution at the Margins: The Impact of Competition on Urban School Systems
Author(s): Frederick M. Hess
Publisher: Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
ISBN: 0815702094, Pages: 268, Year: 2002
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In his meticulously researched book, Revolutions at the Margins: The Impact of Competition on Urban School Systems, Frederick M. Hess examines the subject of school choice in a new light. Instead of focusing on the innovations that vouchers and charter schools enable in just a few schools, he searches instead for changes in the larger mass of common, or public schools that might result in reaction to competition. Competition, in other arenas, has launched the Windows operating system, Olympic gold medallists, and many happy marriages. Does competition work similar wonders in education? Hess continues his analysis of urban educational organization begun in an earlier work with the incredibly apt title, Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform (1998). A common argument against school choice posits that the best students will be drawn away from the public schools leaving them in a weakened state. Deborah Meier, as she defends the common school in her book The Power of Their Ideas (1995), expresses the accepted view, one that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 581-583
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11063, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 7:09:27 AM

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  • Terry Stirling
    Northeastern Illinois University
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    TERRY STIRLIN is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Development at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago which is noted for the multicultural composition of its more than 10,000 students. Dr. Stirlings special research interests include global education, urban school reform, and school-community relations.
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