A confusing and contentious debate often surrounds law-based school reforms (lawsuits, regulations, statutes, and collective bargaining provisions). DeMitchell and Fossey argue that law-based reforms have not changed the fundamental character of the nation's schools. Although hundreds of law-based initiatives have been introduced, most have had little effect on learning. Law-based reform is an important and necessary strategy, but by itself it is not enough to change the way children are schooled. Rational decision making, which undergirds most law-based reform, can take us only part way to the schools our children deserve.
Bravo to the authors of this insightful text! This is the first comprehensive effort in some years that addresses the legal issues around school reform from the perspective of the needs of children. Ela Notes For persons who want a comprehensive understanding of the multiple issues facing school reform, I recommend without reservation this book. International Journal of Educational Reform This is a hard-hitting book. ... It should be read by all educators, particularly those who want to help American children benefit fully from what schools could offer. International Journal of Educational Reform
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