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ERIC Number: ED539166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
High School Reform. Policy Brief #1
Philadelphia Youth Network
Historically, many mayors have had direct authority over the education system in their cities. Until recently, however, they have largely deferred to boards and superintendents to lead and monitor the work of schools. Now, with increased federal accountability, growing awareness of how education impacts economic growth and related issues like public safety and employment trends, mayors are taking an increased role in public education. These roles vary greatly across the country, from cities like New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Harrisburg and Boston where mayors have "taken over" the schools, to traditional "hands off" stances. Clearly, in the current climate of educational accountability, how a mayor approaches school reform, especially at the high school level, will be a critical component of his or her administration both in terms of immediate public perception and long-term economic impacts. This brief offers some specific suggestions for the new mayor to keep high school reform moving in the right direction for Philadelphia's students. (Contains 11 additional sources.)
Philadelphia Youth Network. 714 Market Street Suite 304, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 267-502-3800; Fax: 267-502-3801; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Youth Network
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania