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School Reform, Corporate Style: Chicago, 1880-2000

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Like other big city school systems, Chicago's has been repeatedly "reformed" over the last century. Yet its schools have fallen far short of citizens' expectations and left a gap between the performances of white and minority students. Many blame the educational establishment for resisting change. Other critics argue that reform occurs too often; still others claim it come ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published April 19th 2006 by University Press of Kansas (first published April 1st 2006)
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Bob Simpson
A very detailed academic history of Chicago's miserable attempts at corporate school reform. After decades of failure, it's obvious the barons of LaSalle Street don't really care about genuine education for Chicago's working class. The book stops at the year 2000, but the 21st century with its "Race to the Top" and the ascension of Arne Duncan as Education Secretary means that Chicago's school disasters have gone national.
What a snooze! Difficult to read if you don't have a background in Chicago education and politics. Important stuff, but not easy to wade through.
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