ERIC Number: EJ900609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-1
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San Diego Schools Set a New Agenda after Backlash
Sparks, Sarah D.
Education Week, v30 n2 p1, 12-13 Sep 2010
Ten years after the San Diego school district gained national attention for its short-lived "Blueprint for Student Success," a crowd of district officials last week rolled out a new improvement plan that is almost the opposite of its controversial predecessor. The city's blueprint reforms--largely dismantled after a charismatic and aggressive superintendent, Alan D. Bersin, left in 2005--were among the most closely watched and hotly debated of the early years of the No Child Left Behind Act. Some experts say the story of the demise of the blueprint campaign and the rise of San Diego's new improvement effort may hold lessons for advocates of similar wholesale interventions using federal Race to the Top and School Improvement Fund grants. The old plan called for intensive professional development in the district-chosen reading program, double- and triple-length reading classes, and extended learning time for struggling schools, all closely monitored by the superintendent. In contrast to the approach then, the district will make its new plan only after holding more than 75 comment sessions throughout the community. Each building principal will decide on interventions to implement with the school's teachers and parents, and they will share successful programs informally, through site visits to other schools.
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Federal Legislation, Reading Programs, Educational Improvement, Superintendents, School Districts, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development, Intervention
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001