The Little School System That Could: Transforming a City School District


reviewed by Anthony H. Normore - June 11, 2008

coverTitle: The Little School System That Could: Transforming a City School District
Author(s): Daniel L. Duke
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791473805, Pages: 171, Year: 2008
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What does it take to turn around a low-performing school system? Interest in this question has increased substantially since the advent of the landmark No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and other state and federal measures aimed at greater educational accountability. Daniel Duke’s The Little School System That Could: Transforming a City School District is a compelling example of the new realities confronted by superintendents who engage turning around low-performing school systems. Duke shares a decade’s worth of organizational change, transformation, and reform movements invoked by a new superintendent in a small city school system - Manassas Park - in northern Virginia. Faced with a variety of problems that ranged from inadequate resources, deplorable buildings to mismanagement, incompetence, and personnel turnover, low staff morale and subpar student achievement, newly hired Superintendent Tom Debolt and his allies transformed this fledgling school system in ten years. Debolt’s experiences, challenges, obstacles and support... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 11, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15275, Date Accessed: 6/24/2021 9:16:01 PM

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