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School Reform in Chicago: Lessons in Policy and Practice


reviewed by Amy Wilson — 2004

coverTitle: School Reform in Chicago: Lessons in Policy and Practice
Author(s): Alexander Russo (Editor)
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792180, Pages: 169, Year: 2004
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School Reform in Chicago is a compelling compilation of perspectives on the wave of transformations that have occurred in the Chicago Public school system from 1988 to the present. While the effort is a work in progress, through the combined labors of educators, community activists, parents, and even politicians, the focus remains on continuing to improve schools so that all children have an opportunity to attain excellent educations. The primary purpose of the book does seem to be, “…highlighting key issues and dynamics that have influenced school reform in Chicago …” (p. 2); nevertheless, the scope of the lessons learned in each of the 17 chapters extends well beyond this one urban, center and they can be used as a roadmap for other city systems continuing to struggle with the challenges of providing the highest quality education for all of their children. Large-scale reform of an urban system is an intricately complex endeavor, and while there are never simple answers, there are pitfalls to be avoided and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2345-2348
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11351, Date Accessed: 9/24/2017 10:40:39 PM

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  • Amy Wilson
    Johns Hopkins University
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    Amy Wilson is an instructor in the Department of Teacher Preparation in the Graduate Division of Education at Johns Hopkins University where she works with cohorts of urban teachers in a Master of Arts in Teaching program. Her research interests include using assessment to inform instruction and developing support mechanisms to meet the needs of novice urban educators.
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