City Schools: Lessons from New York

City Schools brings together a distinguished group of researchers and educators for an in-depth look at the nation's largest school system. Topics covered include the changing demographics of city schools, the impending teacher shortage, reading instruction, special education, bilingual education, school governance, charter schools, choice, school finance reform, and the role of teacher unions. The book also provides fresh and fascinating perspectives on Catholic schools, Jewish day schools, and historically black independent schools. Diane Ravitch, Joseph P. Viteritti, and their coauthors explore pedagogical, institutional, and policy issues in an urban school system whose challenges are those of American urban education writ large. The authors conclude that we know a lot more about how to provide effective educational services for a diverse population of urban school children than performance data would suggest. Contributors: Dale Ballou, University of Massachusetts, Amherst * Stephan F. Brumberg, Brooklyn College * Mary Beth Celio, University of Washington * Gail Foster, Toussaint Institute * Michael Heise, Case Western University * Clara Hemphill, Public Education Association * Paul T. Hill, University of Washington * William G. Howell, Harvard University * Pearl Rock Kane, Columbia University * Frank J. Macchiarola, Saint Francis College * Melissa Marschall, University of South Carolina * Thomas Nechyba, Duke University * Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University * Christine Roch, Georgia State University * Christine H. Rossell, Boston University * Marvin Schick, Avi Chai Foundation * Mark Schneider, SUNY, Stony Brook * Lee Stuart, South Bronx Churches * Paul Teske, SUNY, Stony Brook * Emanuel Tobier, New York University * Joanna P. Williams, Columbia University