Education Empire: The Evolution of an Excellent Suburban School System (Google eBook)

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Education - 215 pages
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Despite the fact that more than one-half of the students in the United States are educated in suburban schools, relatively little is known about the development of suburban school systems. Education Empire chronicles the evolution of Virginia’s Fairfax County public schools, the twelfth largest school system in the country and arguably one of the very best. The book focuses on how Fairfax has addressed a variety of challenges, beginning with explosive enrollment growth in the 1950s and continuing with desegregation, enrollment decline, economic uncertainty, demands for special programs, and intense politicization. Today, Fairfax, like many suburbs across the country, looks increasingly like an urban school system, with rising poverty, large numbers of recent immigrants, and constant pressure from an assortment of special interest groups. While many school systems facing similar developments have experienced a drop in performance, Fairfax students continue to raise their achievement. Daniel L. Duke reveals the keys to Fairfax’s remarkable track record.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Classroom a Day
9
A TenYear Trial
41
Growing Bigger and More Diverse
67
The Intensification of Educational Politics
93
Good Isnt Good Enough
119
It Takes an Excellent School System to Ensure Excellent Schools
139
Fairfax County Public Schools and the Future of Suburban Education
159
Notes
173
References
175
Index
193
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About the author (2012)

Daniel L. Duke is Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many books, including The Challenges of Educational Change.

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