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Urban School Reform: Lessons from San Diego


reviewed by Karen Hunter Quartz 2006

coverTitle: Urban School Reform: Lessons from San Diego
Author(s): Frederick M. Hess (ed.)
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792571, Pages: 375, Year: 2005
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This edited volume of research reports was commissioned in January 2004 by the San Diego City Schools, with funds from private foundations, to provide an outside perspective on several facets of their recent reform history and weigh their success to date.  The contributors are primarily university-affiliated researchers, but they also include educational leaders, consultants, and a journalist.  Assembled as “the San Diego Review,” these review scholars were charged with providing “a point of view uncolored by local assumptions and one informed by knowledge of other reform efforts and other locales…to engage in honest, tough-minded discussion about the lessons to be learned” (p. 6).   Nine months later in September 2004 the review scholars met to present their analyses at a conference in San Diego. Because most of the scholars did not conduct local in-depth research over time, editor Fred Hess also bills the Review as a learning exercise for the research... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 115-117
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12079, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 11:31:17 AM

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  • Karen Quartz
    University of California, Los Angelos
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    KAREN HUNTER QUARTZ is Assistant Director for Research of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access where she studies two areas of urban school reform: teacher retention and the creation of small democratic schools. Her publications include several articles and two books, Becoming Good American Schools (1999) (with Jeannie Oakes, Steve Ryan, and Martin Lipton), and Creating New Educational Communities (1995) (edited with Jeannie Oakes.)
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