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“It Could Get Ugly . . . ”

Oakland’s School Board Fights to Maintain Reform Momentum While Faced with a Massive Fiscal Crisis
Richard Fossey, Donald R. McAdams, and Dan Katzir

“‘It Could Get Ugly . . . ’ Oakland’s School Board Fights to Maintain Reform Momentum While Faced with a Massive Fiscal Crisis” portrays a district that has been in financial and academic disarray for more than a decade, so much so that bruising audits, state overseers, and near-loss of local governing authority seem de rigueur.

Four for the Future

A Reform Board Hires a Corporate Turnaround Firm to Manage St. Louis Schools
Richard Fossey, Sarah Glover, Donald R. McAdams, and Dan Katzir

“Four for the Future: A Reform Board Hires a Corporate Turnaround Firm to Manage St. Louis Schools” describes the election of a slate or four reform candidates to the seven-member St. Louis Public Schools board of education in April 2003 and the decision of the divided board to hire a corporate turnaround firm, Alvarez & Marsal, to restructure the district’s business operations.

It Takes a City

Building a High-Performance School District in Houston
Donald R. McAdams, Betsy Broyles Breier, and Dan Katzir

“It Takes a City: Building a High Performance School District in Houston” continues the Houston Independent School District’s reform journey from 1996 to 2002.

Jolting the System

From Shared Decision-Making to Managed Instruction in San Diego
Christine Campbell, Richard Fossey, and Lynn Jenkins

“Jolting the System in San Diego: From Shared Decision-Making to Managed Instruction” covers the period from 1996 to 2002, and tells the story of two very different strategic reform efforts.

Peeling the Onion

Getting to the Heart of Student Achievement in Aldine
Frederick M. Hess, Richard Fossey

“Peeling the Onion: Getting to the Heart of Student Achievement in Aldine” describes the Aldine Independent School District’s layer-by-layer building of a Managed Instruction system from 1993 to 2003.

Peril or Promise?

Charter Schools in Buffalo
Lynn Jenkins, Donald R. McAdams, and Dan Katzir

“Peril or Promise? Charter Schools in Buffalo” describes the efforts of the Buffalo Public Schools board of education from 2000 to 2004 to create a portfolio of charter schools within the Buffalo district.

Raising the Bar

High Standards and High Stakes in Gwinnett County Public Schools
Lynn Jenkins, Donald R. McAdams, and Dan Katzir

“Raising the Bar: High Standards and High Stakes in Gwinnett County Public Schools” chronicles the Gwinnett County school board’s effort from 1994 to 2004 to develop a new curriculum along with end-of-course exams at selected grade levels to measure academic mastery and end social promotion.

School Reform, the Long Beach Way

Melanie Markley, Donald R. McAdams, and Dan Katzir

“School Reform, the Long Beach Way” spans fifteen years (1992–2007) and shows student achievement steadily rising under the leadership of a stable board and two reform-minded superintendents, Carl Cohn and Chris Steinhauser.

The Board Leads the Way

Creating and Implementing a Reform Strategy in Houston
Donald R. McAdams, Betsy Broyles Breier, and Dan Katzir

“The Board Leads the Way: Creating and Implementing a Reform Strategy in Houston” is the first of a two-part series that describes the board’s role in designing and implementing a reform strategy for the Houston Independent School District.

The Grand Experiment

Philadelphia Tries a New Way to Reform Its Schools
Nancy Broner, Lynn Jenkins, Donald R. McAdams, and Dan Katzir

“The Grand Experiment: Philadelphia Tries a New Way to Reform Its Schools” spans the years 2000 to 2011, the era of the School Reform Commission, a small, powerful board appointed by the governor and mayor, and the superintendencies of two outsized personalities, Paul Vallas and Arlene Ackerman.

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