The School Administrator

January 1997Lessons LearnedChris Whittle's Musings on Public Education

Features

  • Lessons Learned: The Edison Project Founder’s Musings on American Schooling

    by Christopher Whittle


    The entrepreneur behind The Edison Project (and the creator of the notorious Channel One) shares his observations about the unfairness of public school critics, the "tyranny" of operational demands, and other lively issues confronting America’s schools.

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  • Some Hard-Knock Lessons About Public-Private Partnerships

    by Walter G. Amprey


    The superintendent of the Baltimore City Schools explains why he hasn’t soured on the possibilities of private-sector management of public schools despite the premature end to the district’s contract with Educational Alternatives Inc.

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  • Three Years as a Superintendent: What I’ve Learned About Leadership and Strategies for Change

    by Peter C. Hutchinson


    Three years after The Public Strategies Group assumed control of the Minneapolis Public Schools, the firm’s president describes what it will take for public education to win back public support.

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  • A Leap of Faith: Hiring Business to Manage Public Schools

    by Max B. Sawicky


    The author of Risky Business, a critical look at private-sector management of public schools, questions the effectiveness of private management of public schools. Sidebar: The Federal Government's Overstated Findings. Sawicky is an economist with the Economic Policy Institute.

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  • School Foundations: Local Control or Equity Circumvented?

    by Carol Merz and Sheldon S. Frankel

    The authors’ research raises questions about the fairness and impact of private fund-raising for public schools. Also: Tax rules for educational foundations. Merz is dean of the School of Education at University of Puget Sound. Frankel is a professor of law at Seattle University.

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Profile

    Libia Socorro Gil by JAY P. GOLDMAN



    superintendent, Chula Vista, Calif., Elementary School District

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    Departments

    Focus

    Delegating Duties Takes Tact, Clarity by Anne Crout Shelley


    professor of education, University of South Carolina-Spartansburg

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    Guest Column

    Free Teachers to Certify Learning by James A. Sandfort



    superintendent, Lindbergh Public Schools, St. Louis, Mo.

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    Guest Column

    Undermining America’s Cornerstone by Ralph Brauer



    executive director, Transforming America’s Schools Consortium, St. Paul, Minn.

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    President's Corner

    Let's Give All Children a Sound Learning Environment by Donald R. Thompson


    president, AASA

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    Focus

    Streamline Agendas to Manage Meetings by Donald K. Lemon



    professor of education, University of North Dakota

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    Guest Column

    Average Kids: Round Pegs in Round Holes by Allan S. Vann


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    Guest Column

    Incentive Pay: A Logical Step Toward Accountability by Clifford B. Janey


    superintendent, Rochester, N.Y., City Schools

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    Federal Dateline

    Why the Small Increase for Title I? by Nick Penning



    policy analyst, AASA

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