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Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools

David L. Kirp


No school district can be all charismatic leaders and super-teachers. It can't start from scratch, and it can't fire all its teachers and principals when students do poorly. Great charter schools can only serve a tiny minority of students. Whether we like it or not, most of our youngsters will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools. The good news, this book reveals, is that there is a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students. Indeed, this is precisely what's happening in a most unlikely place: Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded ... More

Keywords: teachers, principals, charter schools, public schools, early education, Union City, inner-city, college, Ivy League

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199987498
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David L. Kirp, author
University of California at Berkeley