ERIC Number: EJ804907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Brain Drain in the Rust Belt: Can Educational Reform Help to Build Civic Capacity in Struggling Communities?
Mitra, Dana L.; Movit, Marcela; Frick, William
Educational Policy, v22 n5 p731-757 2008
City leaders increasingly have hoped that school reform can spark a renaissance in struggling communities. Using the lens of building civic capacity, this article examines efforts to revitalize "Milltown"--a small urban community that has been devastated by the loss of manufacturing jobs. Analysis of interview and written documents identifies several paradoxes that highlight the ways in which the conceptions of individuals and the nature of this former manufacturing community contrasted dramatically with the realities of the emerging global economy. Findings detail these paradoxes and describe the role of the town's school district in driving the reform efforts intended to address these dilemmas.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Restructuring, Global Approach, Manufacturing, Educational Change, Brain Drain, Employment, School Districts, Role, High Schools, Leadership, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Politics, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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