Reinterpreting Urban School Reform: Have Urban Schools Failed, or Has the Reform Movement Failed Urban Schools?


reviewed by Nicola A. Alexander - 2004

coverTitle: Reinterpreting Urban School Reform: Have Urban Schools Failed, or Has the Reform Movement Failed Urban Schools?
Author(s): Louis F. Mirón and Edward P. St. John (Editors)
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791457087, Pages: 335, Year: 2003
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Reinterpreting Urban School Reform: Have Urban Schools Failed, or Has the Reform Movement Failed Urban Schools?, edited by Louis F. Mirón and Edward P. St. John, is essentially a tale of reform failure. Mirón and St. John have compiled a varied collection of 13 essays on the differential impact of reforms on schools. The editors use a “critical empirical” perspective and charged the contributors with critiquing the claims of reformers and situating selected reforms historically, ideologically, and theoretically. The response of the authors to each of these charges is uneven. Notwithstanding, taken as a whole, the volume provides a solid description of a plethora of restructuring strategies in urban schools. The fact that urban schools are constantly experiencing change is not new. Hess (1999) and others have vividly described the “policy churn” of arrays of reforms that have been tried, rejected, and tried again as policymakers grapple with how to improve the performance of urban institutions. Fullan (2001) has demonstrated that many schools move on to new... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 314-317
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11204, Date Accessed: 8/24/2019 11:59:44 AM

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