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Improbable ScholarsThe Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools$
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David L. Kirp

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987498

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987498.001.0001

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Can These Eagles Soar?

Can These Eagles Soar?

Union City High School

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(p.138) 6 Can These Eagles Soar?
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Improbable Scholars
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David L. Kirp

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987498.003.0008

The enormous Union City High, which opened in 2009 is described as the city's field of dreams. People who send their kids to the school hope that its spare-no-cost environment for learning will inspire students to become as impressive as the space itself. The present goal is to shed the dread label of being a “school in need of improvement”, by getting 10% more students to pass the state's graduation exams in English and math. That is extremely ambitious, since it is almost unheard-of for a school to jump from “level 5” purgatory, its current status, to a state-issued seal of approval in a single year. What's more, there is no single urban high school with a comparable student profile that has emerged from under the state's thumb—not only in New Jersey but anywhere in the country.

Keywords:   public high schools, public school education, Union City, school systems

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