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Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform


reviewed by Donald Earl Collins — January 19, 2007

coverTitle: Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform
Author(s): Susan E. Clarke, Rodney E. Hero, Mara S. Sidney, Luis R. Fraga & Bari A. Erlichson
Publisher: Temple University Press, Philadelphia
ISBN: 1592135366 , Pages: 264, Year: 2006
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Political scientists Susan E. Clarke, Rodney E. Hero, Mara S. Sidney, Luis R. Fraga, and Bari A. Erlichson have done an admirable job in giving readers a road map for understanding how historical trends, power relations, and racial and ethnic demographic changes have influenced the trajectory of urban education reform in four cities: Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston. The authors’ analyses of these forces and their influence on education reform comes with a caveat. In the Methods appendix, Clarke et al. (2006) state that their “conceptual focus was on the political coalitions and dynamics in which education policymaking is embedded and the different types of civic arrangements associated with various reform efforts” (p. 187). These were the goals of their original project, the National Science Foundation’s Civic Capacity grant and project to assess the civic capacities of communities to address education reform issues. Eleven cities were part of the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 19, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12931, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 11:31:37 PM

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  • Donald Collins
    Academy for Educational Development
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    DONALD EARL COLLINS is a freelance writer who has written on the topic of multiculturalism and African American identity for more than a decade. He has published articles in Black Issues in Higher Education, Gannett Suburban Newspapers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, History of Education Quarterly, The Washington Post, Radical Society, and Academe. His book Fear of a ‘‘Black’’ America (2004) focuses on multiculturalism, fear, and the African American experience. Outside of his work as a writer, Donald Collins possesses a combination of academic and nonprofit management experience. He is the Deputy Director of Partnerships for College Access and Success with the Center for School and Community Services at Academy for Educational Development in Washington, DC. He had previously served as Assistant Director of the New Voices Fellowship Program at AED, a program for emerging leaders in the social justice field. Dr. Collins has also taught as an adjunct professor in African American History and American Education Reform at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and George Washington University. Dr. Collins has a Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University.
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