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Choosing Excellence in Public Schools: Where There's a Will, There's a Way

reviewed by Sarah Reckhow - December 10, 2009

coverTitle: Choosing Excellence in Public Schools: Where There's a Will, There's a Way
Author(s): David W. Hornbeck
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1607091550, Pages: 300, Year: 2009
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While we are busy “racing” to the top and demanding rapidly executed school turnarounds, Choosing Excellence in Public Schools: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way (2009) is a useful reminder that one can feel a fierce sense of urgency about improving education without rushing out of the gate with the cart before the horse. David Hornbeck, writing with Katherine Conner, primarily draws on his experiences as superintendent of schools in Philadelphia for this book. In light of the changes that have occurred in Philadelphia since Hornbeck’s tenure—a state takeover, the arrival and departure of the nation’s most peripatetic urban superintendent, Paul Vallas, and the nation’s largest experiment with privatization of school management—Hornbeck’s account seems like a throwback to an earlier era, when superintendents were not expected to behave like CEOs. Hornbeck’s recounting of his reform plans is thorough; so thorough that the book is weighed down by repetition and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 10, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15870, Date Accessed: 2/27/2021 7:04:12 AM

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  • Sarah Reckhow
    Michigan State University
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    SARAH RECKHOW is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. She is affiliated with the Global Urban Studies Program at MSU. Her research and teaching interests include urban politics, education policy, policy reform, and racial and ethnic politics. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the role of major foundations, such as the Gates Foundation, in urban school reform. She has recently published articles in Urban Affairs Review and Policy Studies Journal. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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