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Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools


reviewed by Paul L. Tractenberg 2006

coverTitle: Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools
Author(s): Lydia G. Segal
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674017544, Pages: 257, Year: 2004
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We probably all would readily agree that corruption is bad and that corruption affecting the education of our children, especially our most needy and vulnerable children, is doubly bad.  The big question is what we can do about it that will improve the educational prospects of those children.  Unfortunately, we seem to live in a time when corruption is running rampant in all sectors of our society.  It is hardly limited to our urban public schools.  Indeed, the breathtaking scale of corporate corruption at Enron and its ilk may dwarf even the corruption Lydia Segal describes in her book, Battling Corruption in America’s Public Schools. Professor Segal’s book has already been praised in some book reviews for its disclosure of corruption, waste, and mismanagement in the nation’s three largest school districts—New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago—and for its proposed solution of vesting greater operational responsibility at the individual school level. Regarding... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 912-918
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12140, Date Accessed: 11/17/2017 12:43:05 PM

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  • Paul Tractenberg
    Rutgers School of Law, Newark
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    PAUL L. TRACTENBERG is the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and the Alfred C. Clapp Distinguished Public Service Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, where he has taught since 1970. His main academic and professional focus is education law and policy. In 1973, he established the Education Law Center, a public interest center that provides legal assistance and representation to students and their parents. Since 1980, ELC has represented more than 350,000 urban students as plaintiffs in Abbott v. Burke, New Jersey's landmark case that the New York Times has called the most important education decision since Brown v. Board of Education. In 2000, Professor Tractenberg established the Rutgers-Newark Institute on Education Law and Policy, an interdisciplinary research project that has tackled many of the cutting edge education law and policy issues in New Jersey and the nation. Over the years, Professor Tractenberg has consulted, spoken and written widely on virtually every major education law and policy issue.
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