Supplying Effective Public Schools in Big Cities

December 1999

This chapter was prepared for Brookings Papers on Education Policy, 1999 (Diane Ravitch, editor).

How can we move toward a public education system that can supply good schools for city children? This chapter, prepared for Brookings Papers on Education Policy, 1999 (Diane Ravitch, editor), presents two discussions: first, an analysis of the practices and attitudes that now prevent big cities from providing a supply of strong schools; and second, a proposal about how cities, with the help of state governments and state and local civic elites—mayors and business, cultural, religious, and foundation leaders—can build a new public education system.

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