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ERIC Number: ED518384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 256
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1180-0175-2
Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors: Fighting for the Soul of America's Toughest High School
Russo, Alexander
Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
This book tells the real-life story of Locke High School. Locke High--originally known for its excellence--became one of the toughest, most dysfunctional schools in the nation. Then in 2007 teachers voted to bring in an upstart charter school organization called "Green Dot" to try and restore the Locke Saints' past glory. It was a brave and desperate move. Working in secrecy, the school principal, a small group of teachers, and Green Dot's charismatic founder, Steve Barr, convince Locke teachers to support a petition that will take the school away from the Los Angeles Unified School District. The "new" Locke opened in the fall of 2008. Furthermore, this book offers an in-depth look at a school "turnaround" effort that garnered a blizzard of publicity. It tells the gritty truth about the tough work of true school reform. Locke's transformation shows that with hard work and sacrifice, broken schools can indeed be improved in meaningful ways. However, the process of school reform is one of the most vital, and least glamorous, projects that we can participate in.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California