ERIC Number: ED437456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Where Does "Getting Tough" Get Us? A Look at the DC Public Schools Crisis.
Socolar, Paul, Ed.
Action for Better Schools, v5 n4 Spr-Sum 1998
The drastic actions that have been taken in the District of Columbia public schools offer many lessons for those interested in urban school reform. In November 1996, the District of Columbia's federally appointed financial control board took over the school system, firing the superintendent and replacing the elected school board with an appointed board of trustees. A retired Army general, Julius W. Becton, was brought in to run the schools. Sixteen months later, there was little to show for Becton's tenure, but his successor remained committed to following through on the get-tough approach. As in many other school systems, testing has been used for accountability purposes. Threats of summer school and teacher firings have created a tense atmosphere in the District of Columbia schools, and test preparation has become the primary focus. Local activists think that threatening and punitive measures are not contributing to school improvement in the District of Columbia. Instead, activists call for staff development, a counselor and social worker in every school, smaller class sizes, and books for every student. This theme issue also contains an overview of the history of District of Columbia public schools. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Low Achievement, Public Schools, State Regulation, Urban Schools
National Coalition of Education Activists, P.O. Box 679, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 ($1 single copy; free to members).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition of Education Activists, Rosendale, NY.