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Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance,and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform (Educational Innovations) Paperback – October 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1934742686 ISBN-10: 1934742686

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Product Details

  • Series: Educational Innovations
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934742686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934742686
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book enters the unexplored territory of diverse schools under urban central office management. It highlights the varied goals, political dynamics, and outcomes in different city contexts. It integrates this diversity with overarching concepts and actors, such as foundations and the federal government. It adds significant value to our understanding of school reform and parent choice. --Michael Kirst, professor emeritus, Education and Business Administration, Stanford University

Portfolio management models represent the newest approach for organizing a large urban school system. As the first significant effort to examine this new and evolving governance reform, this important book places the reform in its broader theoretical, political, and policy contexts, and provides a rich description of the four trailblazing districts now using various versions of the model. Among other things, the book makes it clear that this governance reform model, like those that have preceded it, is no panacea. --Helen F. Ladd, Edgar Thompson Professor of Public Policy, and professor of economics, Sanford School, Duke University

This thoughtful and comprehensive text on portfolio management describes both how and how well this new reform is working. Its comprehensive handling of the subject sets a foundation for understanding and improving this largely untested reform idea. This book brings reasoned analysis and debate to a new but largely untested model for education reform. --Gary Miron, professor of education, Western Michigan University

About the Author

Katrina E. Bulkley is associate professor of educational leadership at Montclair State University. Jeffrey R. Henig is professor of political science and education at Teachers College and professor of political science at Columbia University. Henry M. Levin is William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max Skidmore on April 30, 2011
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The book presents a new way to think about school reform and the multiple and complex tasks involved in school improvement. Easy to read, but filled with detail in the history to help the reader understand how we have gotten to the point we are with urban schools and the difficulties leaders encounter in making changes.
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