JOHNSON CITY SCHOOLS *
The Johnson City Schools are probably the best model in the United States of what could be called quality schools.
— William Glasser, The Quality School
In 1970 Johnson City School District was the lowest-achieving among the 14 districts in Broome County, New York. Less than half of their students were working at grade level. This lower-middle-class district, with virtually no managerial or professional citizens, suffered from the lowest per-capita income in the county (Vickery 1988).
Larry Rowe (then a teacher, now assistant superintendent) likes to say that in 1972 he was "a natural selection guy." He believed that schools were basically in the sorting business, determining who had it and who did not. Student achievement, in the main, was determined by factors other than the school or the quality of instruction. His views changed____________________