Winter 2004: Vol. 4, No. 1

Eye of the Beholder

All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? By Luis Benveniste, Martin Carnoy, and Richard Rothstein

Ignoring Advice

Back in 1976, when I was a crackerjack reporter for the Woodlawn High School...

Fiscal Indiscipline

Why school districts can’t downsize

Mounting Debt

The long economic boom enabled school districts nationwide to fund expensive reforms and hefty pay raises. Now, however, they are finding it nearly impossible to cut costs and balance their budgets. What makes it so tough for districts to downsize?

Academic Freedom

The typical urban school district’s personnel and budgeting systems leave principals without much say in hiring teachers or allocating resources. The decentralization movement may just change that.

Competing Visions

Head Start gets a makeover. President Bush proposes to refocus Head Start on the teaching of academic skills. Should Democrats go along?

Recycling Reforms

The Department of Education enters the innovation business

Autism and the Inclusion Mandate

Daniel experiences the regular classroom

The Knowledge Guild

The tension between unions and professionals

Why Choice Is Good for Teachers

Traditionalists and progressives coexist warily in today’s public schools, creating fragmented institutions with no common ethos. Letting teachers start their own schools may bring an end to the pedagogical holy wars.

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