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Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools (Studies in Government and Public Policy)

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The authors of this volume argue that urban education is in urgent need of reform and that, although there have been plenty of innovative and even promising attempts to improve conditions, most have been doomed. The reason for this, they agree, lies in the failure of our major cities to develop their "civic capacity"—the ability to build and maintain a broad social and political coalition across all sectors of the urban community in pursuit of a common goal.

Drawing upon an ambitious eleven-city study funded by the National Science Foundation, the authors synthesize and make sense of the enormous amount of data from Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Not only is this a vivid report from the front lines of big city schooling, but this work challenges us to rethink our approach to the crisis in our schools.

The authors vigorously contend that it is essential for all (or most) important actors in an urban community to join together in a shared vision of what is wrong in the schools and how to fix it, and to pursue that vision strongly and systematically over a long time. That can only happen, however, if those same actors develop the ability and willingness to set aside narrow aims and opportunistic behavior in favor of pursuing the collective good.

Written for a wide spectrum of potential readers—including educators, social scientists, policymakers, and every citizen who cares about his or her child's education—this book restores coalition politics to the center of educational reform and reminds us to look well beyond pedagogy and management theory for solutions to problems that are immune to the usual remedies. Drawing on select cases, the authors show that effective civic coalitions can be built. The struggle for reform can be won.

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Using evidence from eleven American cities, this book argues that, as important as programmatic and resource questions are, it is a city's civic capacity (social capital and government and politics) that determines the quality of its schools.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-189) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Scope of the Problem

2. The Challenge of Change in Complex Policy Subsystems

3. The Urban Context: A First Look at the Case Cities

4. Civic Mobilization in Eleven Cities

5. Conducting Policy in an Ill-Structured Problem Space

6. Civic Mobilization and Policy Effort

7. Implications and Recommendations

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700611188
Author:
Stone, Clarence N.
Author:
Et Al
Author:
Henig, Jeffrey R.
Author:
Jones, Bryan D.
Author:
Pierannunzi, Carol
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Location:
Lawrence, Kan.
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Educational Reform
Subject:
School improvement programs
Subject:
Education, urban
Subject:
Community and school
Subject:
Educational Policy & Reform
Subject:
School improvement programs -- United States.
Subject:
Community and school -- United States.
Subject:
Education-School Reform & Controversy
Subject:
Dicision-Making & Problem Solving
Series:
Studies in Government & Public Policy
Series Volume:
no. A-133
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.07x6.03x.63 in. .69 lbs.

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