City Schools: Lessons from New York

reviewed by Karen R. Seashore Louis - 2002

coverTitle: City Schools: Lessons from New York
Author(s): Diane Ravitch & Joseph P. Viteritti (eds.)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801863414, Pages: 416, Year: 2000
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I admit it -- I'm a New York City junkie even though I live in Minneapolis. I read the New York Times daily (always looking for school news, of course), and substantially agree with this volume’s editors that "the problems of education in New York City are the problems of education in urban America writ large." (p. 2). The size of New York City’s school enrollment and its historical position as the system that has, more or less successfully, assimilated waves of immigrants for over a century means that it is of interest even to non-residents who have no special place in their heart for the Big Apple. For people who are interested in reforming urban education, the role of New York as a source of lessons, both bad (as documented in David Rogers (1969) classic analysis of a bureaucracy gone awry) or good (the many case studies that have been published about District 4's small schools of choice) is unquestioned. Not surprisingly, given... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 15-18 ID Number: 10741, Date Accessed: 8/12/2020 2:28:37 PM

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