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ERIC Number: ED506952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 55
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Portfolio School Districts for Big Cities: An Interim Report
Hill, Paul; Campbell, Christine; Menefee-Libey, David; Dusseault, Brianna; DeArmond, Michael; Gross, Betheny
Center on Reinventing Public Education
This is the first report from an ongoing study of four urban school districts (New York, New Orleans, Chicago, and the District of Columbia) that are experimenting with new school designs and new ways of holding schools accountable for performance. This report introduces the idea of a "portfolio school district," and shows how some leading school districts have put the idea into practice. The report's goal is to help district and community leaders throughout the country judge whether a similar approach could improve the schools in their localities, and if they decide in the affirmative, how to approach building a portfolio strategy of their own. As this report will show, rebuilding a school district on the portfolio model involves challenges of many kinds--technical, organizational, and political. Reform leaders in the districts the authors have studied have made great progress but still have many problems to solve. (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables, and 15 footnotes.)
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education