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ERIC Number: ED306321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Pages: 55
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8330-0944-3
Educational Progress: Cities Mobilize To Improve Their Schools.
Hill, Paul T.; And Others
This report identifies the strategies that multiproblem urban school districts have used to make major improvements in recent years. A panel of experts familiar with urban school systems nominated over 30 candidate urban districts for study. The following districts were chosen for analysis: (1) Atlanta (Georgia); (2) Cincinnati (Ohio); (3) Memphis (Tennessee); (4) Miami (Florida); (5) Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania); and (6) San Diego (California). Data were drawn from intensive interviews conducted with local school and community leaders in the 1987-88 school year. The major findings include the need for a cooperative effort on the part of the school superintendent, the business community, the teachers' union, and the school board to perform the following tasks: (1) reach out and involve the larger community in educational issues; (2) make information about school needs, resources, and performance widely available; (3) forge communitywide agreement about improvement goals; and (4) subordinate the traditional roles of boards, administrators, and teachers to the larger imperative of systemwide improvement. The roles of the following participants in reform are discussed in detail: (1) school superintendent; (2) school board; (3) business and community leaders; (4) teachers and unions; (5) the media; (6) State and Federal governments; and (7) national foundations. A list of 18 references is appended. (FMW)
The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90406-2138.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego); Florida (Miami); Georgia (Atlanta); Ohio (Cincinnati); Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh); Tennessee (Memphis)