Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools-- and Winning!: Lessons from Houston

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Teachers College Press, 2000 - Education - 293 pages
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Don McAdams provides a fast moving account of successful reform in the nation's seventh largest school district. With tact and wisdom, the author shows that school reform is seldom about reading, writing, and arithmetic. Rather, it is mostly about power, status, and money. This great story is filled with conflict and surprising turns of fate. No one interested in politics, governance, and management of urban school districts can afford to miss it.
 

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Contents

THE BATTLE FOR BELIEFS AND VISIONS
1
THE BATTLE FOR BELIEFS AND VISIONS
6
THE DEPARTURE OF JOAN RAYMOND
10
EMPOWERING HOUSTONS SCHOOLS
16
HIRING A NEW SUPERINTENDENT
18
EMPOWERING HOUSTONS SCHOOLS
23
THE GREAT 32 PERCENT TAX INCREASE
32
PETRUZIELO RECOMMENDS A TAX INCREASE
34
THE DEMISE OF THE REFORM BOARD
157
THE BOARD SPLITS OVER JOBS
163
WE DONT WANT YOUR CHILDREN
168
THE VOTERS DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF HISD
176
FALLON AND FRIENDS VS PAIGE AND FRIENDS
177
PREPARATIONS FOR BOARD ELECTIONS
181
BOARD ELECTIONS
182
STOP HISD BONDS
191

HOUSTON FIGHTS OVER HISD TAXES
36
NEIGHBORHOOD WARS
46
WHAT WENT WRONG AT THE RICE SCHOOL?
49
CHANGING SCHOOL ATTENDANCE ZONES
53
A NEIGHBORHOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR BELLAIRE?
57
REFLECTIONS ON NEIGHBORHOOD WARS
58
THE LONG BUMPY ROAD TO ACCOUNTABLE SCHOOLS
62
PETRUZIELOS PROBLEMS WITH THE BOARD
63
ACCOUNTABILITY FOR RUSK ELEMENTARY
67
THE TEXAS ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM
71
ESTABLISHING THE HISD ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM
74
REFLECTIONS ON ACCOUNTABILITY
83
SOME ACCOUNTABILITY FOR EMPLOYEES
86
PETRUZIELOS INITIATIVES
92
THE WONDERFUL CACOPHONY OF A FREE PEOPLE DISAGREEING
104
THE DESIRE OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
107
ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE
109
CONFRONTATION WITH THE TEA AND A LAWSUIT
114
DECENTRALIZING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
122
IMPLEMENTING THE HOOKHAINES PLAN
127
DECENTRALIZING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
133
IMPROVING DISTRICT OPERATIONS
140
PEER EXAMINATION EVALUATION AND REDESIGN
146
REFLECTIONS ON IMPROVING DISTRICT OPERATIONS
154
THE BOND ELECTION CAMPAIGN
198
PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE BOND FAILURE
202
HISD RESPONSE TO THE BOND FAILURE
204
228 WAYS TO SAVE A BUNDLE
211
THE TEXAS SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REVIEW
214
RESPONSE TO THE TSPR
218
HISDS SIXMONTH REPORT CARD
226
A NEW BEGINNING FOR HISD
229
PAIGES NEW BEGINNING FOR HISD
230
THE REFORMS OF 19961997
232
A NEW BEGINNING FOR HISD
244
LESSONS FROM HOUSTON
248
HOUSTON ACHIEVEMENTS
252
LESSONS FROM HOUSTON
255
CHILDREN COME IN LAST
259
WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
262
A FINAL NOTE ON HOUSTON
263
EPILOGUE
267
A NOTE ON SOURCES
271
REFERENCES
273
INDEX
283
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
294
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About the author (2000)

Don McAdams is currently a Research Professor at and Director of the Center for Reform of School Systems, University of Houston, and is also serving his third four-year term as a member of the Houston Independent School District Board of Education.

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