The Prize

The Prize

Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

Book - 2015
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"Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Christie, and Cory Booker were ready to reform our failing schools. They got an education. When Mark Zuckerberg announced in front of a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark Schools -- and to solve the education crisis in every city in America -- it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved -- Newark's key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system. It's a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark's students. Expert journalist Dale Russakoff delivers a story of high ideals and hubris, good intentions and greed, celebrity and street smarts -- as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents, and bewildered students. The growth of charters forces the hand of Newark's superintendent Cami Anderson, who closes, consolidates, or redesigns more than a third of the city's schools -- a scenario on the horizon for many urban districts across America. Most moving are Russakoff's portraits from inside the district's schools, of home-grown principals and teachers, long stuck in a hopeless system -- and often the only real hope for the children of Newark. The Prize is a portrait of a titanic struggle over the future of education for the poorest kids, and a cautionary tale for those who care about the shape of America's schools. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN: 9780547840055
0547840055
Branch Call Number: 371.207 RUSSAKOFF
Characteristics: 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Sep 16, 2015

I look forward to reading this [haven't even skimmed it yet] but the Library Journal states: // Key ingredients were missing. Teachers, parents, and students were not included in the planning \\ - - some other key ingredients missing: expertise. Zuckerberg's expertise was . . .? Christie's was obvious: he was the lobbyist who made sure that securities fraud was excluded from the NJ state crimes legislation. Obviously there were a whole bunch of missing ingredients.

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