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Stop the School Bus

Getting Education Reform Back on Track

Review School Bus

by Gerald N. Tirozzi, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, Calif., 2013, 262 pp. with index, $26.95 hardcover

Gerald Tirozzi is an authentic expert on schools. His expertise is grounded in more than 40 years of front-line experience, including service as an urban superintendent, state commissioner of education and assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education.

Stop the School Bus is a well-reasoned critique of current reform efforts that have yet to demonstrate any lasting value. Criticism of teachers and the fallacy of merit pay, charter schools, the use of standardized tests to make comparisons of U.S. public school performance to other countries of the world and the misguided efforts of the federal role in school reform are all cited in this readable work.

But Tirozzi doesn’t stop at criticizing the current attempts to improve education. He offers concrete suggestions in every area that, if implemented, will actually bring about the results desired by reformers. He doesn’t hesitate to point a finger at the lack of leadership or wisdom of those who have positions of power. He believes in the value of research and accountability. Tell schools what is expected, but let them figure out how to get there.

Reviewed by John C. Fagan, retired superintendent, Elmhurst, Ill.


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