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Mobilizing Citizens for Better Schools

reviewed by Robert E. Feir ó 2004

coverTitle: Mobilizing Citizens for Better Schools
Author(s): Robert F. Sexton
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744417, Pages: 131, Year: 2004
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How do you bring about massive change in a state’s education system?  Get the state Supreme Court to declare the system unconstitutional, as was done in Kentucky in 1989.  That is what most observers would advise.  But the Kentucky story is a good deal more complex, and understanding that complexity would give any education reform advocate a leg up.  Robert Sexton, who has been executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence since 1980, offers a thorough analysis of that complexity in his small but very insightful new book, Mobilizing Citizens for Better Schools.   The book describes three phases of the evolution of the Prichard Committee, beginning as a 30-member advisory group appointed in 1980 by the Kentucky Council on Higher Education to make recommendations on the future of higher education in the state.  When this official task was completed, committee members decided to turn their attention to pre-collegiate education and to remain in existence as an unofficial group aiming to spur improvements in the dismally low achievement levels of Kentucky elementary... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2332-2335
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11345, Date Accessed: 7/16/2018 6:52:46 AM

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  • Robert Feir
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    ROBERT E. FEIR has been President of EdStrat21, an education strategies consulting firm with strengths in research, planning, evaluation, policy development, program design, project management, and grant writing, since 1997. Since 2001, he has served as a member and finance chair of the Board of Control of the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) School District. He also serves as Senior Fellow at The Education Policy and Leadership Center. Dr. Feir has been a teacher and school administrator and has served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and of the state Senate Education Committee, as well as Director of Policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He has a Ph.D. in political science from The Pennsylvania State University and masterís degrees in political science from the State University of New York at Albany and in education administration from Bucknell University.
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