Winter 2004: Vol. 4, No. 1

Still Dreaming

The American Dream and the Public Schools By Jennifer Hochschild and Nathan Scovronick

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

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