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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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What Union City Can Teach America

What Union City Can Teach America

Nationwide, Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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(p.196) 9 What Union City Can Teach America
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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/9780199987498.003.0011

This chapter discusses some of the lessons that can be learned from the Union City school district. Skeptics will dismiss the narrative of Union City's accomplishments as a one-off—a rare and remarkable story that is irrelevant anyplace else. However, three change-minded school systems in Montgomery County, Maryland; Sanger, California; and Aldine, Texas, show otherwise. All three are steadily rewriting the script for poor and minority kids, boosting achievement and closing gaps, relying on strategies as research-tested and securing results as impressive as Union City's. Yet each of the three is missing one or more of the elements that skeptics might claim are the impossible-to-duplicate preconditions of Union City's success—its small size and homogeneity, its money, its political support, and its students raised in a culture of respeto.

Keywords:   Union City, school districts, public schools, education policy, school systems

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