November 2004 School Reform News

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November, 2004
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The November 2004 issue of School Reform News features an interview with Lydia Segal, author of Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools, recently released by Northeast University Press and forthcoming in paperback from Harvard University Press. Segal contends fraud, waste, and mismanagement in public schools is due largely to centralization and over-regulation; she urges radical decentralization: "turn every single school in the district into a charter school and the central office into a support center for the charter schools."

On page 1:

  • former SRN contributing editor Pamela Riley reports on her experience as U.S. advisor to Iraq's Ministry of Education;
  • a new study by Caroline Hoxby documents the superior performance of charter school students compared to their public school counterparts;
  • an analysis by Denis Doyle and his colleagues of 2000 Census data shows public school teachers in urban areas are far more likely than city residents in general to send their children to private schools; and
  • the American Legislative Exchange Council's new Report Card on American Education offers more than 50 tables and 25 figures that display more than 100 measures of educational resources and achievement ... all pointing to the disappointing conclusion that the U.S. continues to increase spending on education without a corresponding improvement in student performance.

Also in this issue: No Child Left Behind, voucher program updates from DC and Florida, special education reform, teacher certification and student achievement, The Friedman Report, school safety, school choice in Minnesota, and more.

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