Component Resources

Publication
Jul 2000
Helping Hands: Cities Need Capacity for Education Reform

This commentary by Paul Hill, published by Brookings, suggests that failed school systems need to create hybrid reform strategies drawn from the strong parts of various reform proposals, rather than relying on "name brand" reforms.

Publication
Apr 2003
The Chasm Remains

This Education Next article addresses how problems within the public education system particularly affect urban children.

Publication
Jan 2000
It Takes a City: Getting Serious about Urban School Reform

This volume is the second in a trilogy of books designed to describe the politics of reform in urban school systems and clarify reform options available to mayors and other community leaders who want to improve school performance dramatically. It Takes a City develops lessons from the reform experiences in six American cities which have made concerted attempts to improve their public schools: Boston, Memphis, New York City District #2, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Publication
Jul 2000
New Hope for Public Schools

This essay written for the Hoover Institution looks at new trends in education initiatives undertaken by private corporations and individuals.

Publication
Dec 1998
Fixing Urban Schools

This book identifies the essential elements of reform strategies that can transform school performance in big cities beset by poverty, social instability, racial isolation, and labor unrest. It also suggests ways that local leaders can assemble the necessary funding and political support to make such strategies work. This is the first volume in a trilogy of books designed to describe the politics of reform in urban school systems and clarify reform options available to mayors and other community leaders who want to improve school performance dramatically.

Publication
Jun 2012
Baltimore and the Portfolio School District Strategy

This case study of the implementation of Baltimore City Public Schools' portfolio strategy explores how the district's reform work aligns with CRPE’s definition of the portfolio strategy and how it compares to the approaches taken in other districts.

Publication
Jun 2012
The Evolution of School Support Networks in New York City

In this working paper, Eric Nadelstern discusses New York City's efforts to change the central office and create a system of support organizations to oversee networks of autonomous schools.

Publication
Oct 2009
Portfolio School Districts for Big Cities: An Interim Report

Study on four urban school districts experimenting with new school designs and new ways of holding schools accountable for performance by implementing a "portfolio strategy."

Publication
Feb 2006
Put Learning First: A Portfolio Approach to Public Schools

This paper details the portfolio management approach—a new vision for education reform that fosters innovation, adaptability, and performance.

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