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ERIC Number: ED530048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 131
Abstractor: ERIC
Better Schools through Better Politics: The Human Side of Portfolio School District Reform. Portfolio School Districts Project
Sperry, Sam
Center on Reinventing Public Education
From the Center on Reinventing Public Education's (CRPE's) work examining the efforts to close schools over the past 10 years, in cities of all sizes, two glaring facts stand out: Most city and district leaders are surprised at how difficult it is to close schools. And many of these leaders make mistakes that others before them have learned to avoid. Yes, each city is different. Yet each city's school closure experience shares problems common to the others. CRPE has identified these common problems and distilled these experiences to ferret out solutions to this difficult challenge confronting reform efforts to better the public schools. This working paper series examines the politics of portfolio school district reform, with a primary focus on the issues surrounding high school closures. This publication takes an in-depth look at how school closure policies have played out in four urban districts--New York City, Chicago, Denver, and Oakland--and offers a political assessment of what worked or failed and why. The political analyses, case studies, cross-district comparisons, and analysis frameworks may help education leaders anticipate and better address the challenges of closing schools within their own communities. This publication contains the following articles: (1) Better Schools through Better Politics: The Human Side of Portfolio School District Reform (Sam Sperry); (2) Portfolio Reform in New York City: "Tough Love" Brings Better Schools (Sam Sperry); (3) Portfolio Reform in Chicago: There's Trouble in River City (Sam Sperry); (4) Portfolio Reform in Denver: A Mile High and Climbing (Sam Sperry); (5) The Triage Model: What Is It and Why Was It Constructed (Kirsten Vital); and (6) School Closure Processes in Portfolio Districts (Cristina Sepe). Individual articles contain figures and footnotes. [This paper was written with Kirsten Vital and Cristina Sepe. Introduction by Paul Hill.]
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: Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Illinois; New York