The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education

By Jeffrey R. Henig; Richard C. Hula et al. | Go to book overview

Contents
List of Figuresix
List of Tablesxi
Acknowledgments xiii
Chapter One Civic Capacity, Race, and Education in Black-Led Cities 3
The Challenge of Urban Education9
Reforms That Go Nowhere12
Civic Capacity: Organizing Communities to Get Things Done14
A Tough Task: Why Human Development May Be More Difficult than Economic Development15
Competing Views of Race and School Politics17
Research Design22
The Plan of the Book26
Chapter Two Racial Change and the Politics of Transition 30
Patterns of Racial Turnover in Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, and D.C.31
Racial Transition and Political Change: The Rise of Black Political Power33
Managing School Desegregation41
Political Compromise and Transition: The Evolution of Black-Led School Districts50
The Political Landscape in Black-Led Cities: From Formal to Informal Power55
Conclusion: Historical Legacies and Racial Politics61
Chapter Three The Elusiveness of Education Reform 63
The Condition of Education: Poor Performance and Even Poorer Conditions65
Local Problem Definitions: A Favorable Foundation for Reform71
An Array of Reform Efforts74
The Frustration of Reform82
Why Is Reform So Difficult?113

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