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District Leadership in Radical Reform: Philadelphia’s Experience under the State Takeover, 2001-2006


by William Lowe Boyd, Jolley Bruce Christman & Elizabeth Useem — November 28, 2006

The most daunting challenge in educational leadership today–and probably in local or state government generally–is the reform of large urban school districts. Recognizing the repeated failure of many conventional approaches to improving urban districts, reformers have turned to increasingly radical ideas. Since 2001, the School District of Philadelphia has served as a prime example and living laboratory for radical reform of a large urban school system.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 28, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12858, Date Accessed: 10/31/2014 3:52:47 PM

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  • William Boyd
    Pennsylvania State University University
    WILLIAM LOWE BOYD is Batschelet Chair Professor of Educational Leadership at the Pennsylvania State University and editor of the American Journal of Education. A specialist in educational administration and education policy and politics, he has published over 135 articles and has co-edited fifteen books.
  • Jolley Christman
    Research for Action
    JOLLEY BRUCE CHRISTMAN, Ph.D., is a Principal of Research for Action and a research director of the Learning from Philadelphia’s School Reform project. She was a senior investigator on the evaluation of the Annenberg Challenge in Philadelphia and wrote about decentralization in “Guidance for school improvement: How much, what kind, and from where?,” a study of the Children Achieving reform.
  • Elizabeth Useem
    Research for Action
    ELIZABETH USEEM, Ed.D., is a senior research consultant to Research for Action and a Research director for Learning from Philadelphia’s School Reform. Previously, she served as director of research and evaluation at the Philadelphia Education Fund, was director of teacher education at Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College, and was associate professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
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