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Restructuring Urban Schools: A Chicago Perspective


The Chicago (Illinois) School Reform Act of 1988 set in motion a chain of reform efforts that have been the subject of considerable study. The plan emphasizes returning control of the schools to parents and the community through school-based management and local school councils.

  • Author/Creator: Hess, G.A., Jr.
  • Author's address: Teachers College Press 1234 Amsterdam Ave. New York, New York
  • Notes: Comments: In Restructuring Urban Schools: A Chicago Perspective, G. Alfred Hess, Jr. presents a detailed account of Chicago school reform-the most radical and thorough effort to date aimed at restructuring an urban school system in the United States. This reform plan emphasizes returning control of the schools to parents and other community citizens through school-based management provisions and local school councils (LSCs). Hess documents the political and other contextual issues that need to be considered and the reasons for and the initial outcomes of the reform effort. From an insider perspective, Hess integrates his findings with thoughtful and carefully presented observations and conclusions. He critiques current educational policy initiatives at the local, state, and national levels, schools and school systems.(From book’s back cover)
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Year: 1995

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