A critical look at urban school reform efforts.
Have urban schools failed, or has reform failed urban schools? This book examines existing urban school programs, ranging from desegregation to reading improvement, in light of available historical, empirical, and case study evidence. Miron and St. John and their contributors probe the underlying theoretical, normative, and political assumptions embedded in specific reform initiatives. They explore how reforms might be reconstructed to better address the underlying challenges and they demonstrate that reforms can be constructively critiqued throughout the stages of implementation, arguing that greater attention should be paid to ethnic and cultural traditions within urban educational settings.
Contributors include Leetta Allen-Haynes; Joseph Cadray; Choong-Geun Chung; Richard Fossey; Barry M. Franklin; David Gordon; Carol Anne Hossler; Siri Loescher; Kim Manoil; Genevieve Manset; Louis F. Mirón; Glenda Droogsma Musoba; Kathryn Nakagawa; Carolyn S. Ridenour; Ada B. Simmons; Edward P. St. John; Neil Theobald; Sandra Washburn; Kenneth K. Wong; and Kim Worthington.
Louis F. Miron is Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Social Construction of Urban Schooling: Situating the Crisis. Edward P. St. John is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University at Bloomington. He is the coauthor (with Alison I. Griffith and Leetta Allen-Haynes) of Families in Schools: A Chorus of Voices in Restructuring.
"This book offers a careful analysis of various reform strategies, including assessments of their strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures, and implications. It provides a reinterpretation of urban school reform through a critical empirical review, examining four kinds of reform, including court-ordered, government-initiated, research-based, and community-based. The contributors provide an examination of contexts, ideologies, theoretical claims, and assessments of relevant research. This is an ambitious undertaking and Mirón and St. John have done an excellent job. " — Kofi Lomotey, coeditor of The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education: Continuing Challenges for the Twenty-First Century and President of Fort Valley State University