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Walker, T. Anthony – Education and Urban Society, 2017
This article explores past and current education testing frameworks as a pretext for constructing a policy platform with the efficacy to transform systems and structures that hinder opportunities and resist equitable practices. The rise of accountability in education public policy has brought about intended and unintended outcomes. As prescribed,…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational History, Equal Education, Educational Policy
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Margolis, Jason; Meese, Alison A.; Doring, Anne – Education and Urban Society, 2016
This article presents both sides of the debate as to whether urban teachers need structure or freedom, and then takes a stand on urban teaching in the current high-stakes assessment climate. First, we trace the 30-year development of American educational policy in the area of structuring teaching. Then, we present research from proponents of…
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Freedom, Educational Policy, Educational Legislation
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Guess, Pamela E.; McCane-Bowling, Sara J. – Education and Urban Society, 2016
This study examined the relationship between perceived teacher support and overall life satisfaction (LS) in a sample of urban middle school students. Based on correlations between measures of student perceptions related to these constructs, results indicated that student perceptions of teacher support correlated significantly with LS, with the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Life Satisfaction, Urban Schools, Correlation
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Ellis, Addie Lucille; Geller, Kathy D. – Education and Urban Society, 2016
This narrative study is based on stories told by African American adolescents experiencing homelessness. It offers insights into their lived experiences and describes the challenges faced in negotiating the urban education system. African American youth are disproportionately represented in the adolescent homeless demographic. "Unheard and…
Descriptors: Housing, African American Students, Adolescents, Disproportionate Representation
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Rogers-Chapman, M. Felicity – Education and Urban Society, 2015
Policy makers' attempts to improve low-achieving schools through reform measures are not new to the 21st century. Research asserts that this policy churn has done little, if anything, to change student achievement levels. Based on the research, I assert that policy reforms such as teacher evaluations and test-based assessment, and school…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Federal Programs, Politics of Education, Educational Change
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Chilton, Bradley; Chwialkowski, Paul – Education and Urban Society, 2014
Is the U.S. Supreme Court inviting litigants to take aim at unraveling injunctions in institutional reform litigation--especially consent decrees in the schools? In "Horne v. Flores" (2009), the court remanded a 17-year-old school reform case to a federal judge with orders to look beyond consent decrees on financing, reducing class…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Change, Immersion Programs, Bilingual Education
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Eslinger, James C. – Education and Urban Society, 2014
The educational accountability movement in the United States under No Child Left Behind has negatively affected urban teachers because of high-stakes testing, narrowed curriculum, and scripted pedagogy. Such conditions have led to teacher stress, burnout, and attrition. Missing from the scholarly literature are the ways in which teachers work to…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience, Elementary Education
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Abel, Yolanda – Education and Urban Society, 2014
This article addresses the need for novice teachers to receive exposure and experiences related to family engagement as part of their academic preparation to better facilitate their actual parent involvement practices. In a graduate-level parent involvement in education course, early childhood educators had an opportunity to engage in a variety of…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness
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Mawdsley, Ralph D.; Bipath, Keshni; Mawdsley, James L. – Education and Urban Society, 2014
Similar to Dickens's "Tale of Two Cities", this research study is about a tale of two schools. The first type of school is a dysfunctional school. Dysfunctional schools are schools in a state of chaos (Shipengrower & Conway, 1998). The second school is that of order. The researchers refer to this school as a functional school. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Accountability, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Allen, Ann; Glassman, Michael; Riegel, Lisa; Dawson, Heather – Education and Urban Society, 2013
Using a sociopolitical perspective to understand the alignment of community values and school policies, we conducted focus groups in three geographically close but economically varied neighborhood in one Midwest urban area. The article presents findings related to constituent values, social capital, and school policies, including charter school…
Descriptors: Values, School Policy, Focus Groups, Charter Schools
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Spillane, James P. – Education and Urban Society, 2012
The articles included in this volume of "Education and Urban Society" inform the special issue theme that poses the question "Are We There Yet?" An examination of educational equity in the era of school reform and accountability. Despite two decades of dramatic shifts in educational reform and policy among states and local…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Change
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Finnigan, Kara S. – Education and Urban Society, 2012
This qualitative study of teachers in three low-performing elementary schools in Chicago reveals that transformational leadership behaviors were important to teacher motivation, affecting whether they believed that they could improve student performance as the accountability policy required. The findings suggest that principal leadership is…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Transformational Leadership, Leadership, Principals
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Harris, Donna M. – Education and Urban Society, 2012
As the postscript for this special issue of Education and Urban Society, this article considers the struggles urban schools report confronting as they implement standards-based reform and high stakes testing and discusses the implications these challenge have for future accountability policy aimed at promoting educational equity. Among the issues…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Change
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Sosa, Teresa; Gomez, Kimberley – Education and Urban Society, 2012
This article focuses on the accounts by teachers who are positioned and who position themselves as "effective." It draws on the relational aspects of positioning theory with respect to a determination of how the "effective teacher" position necessarily positions students. Findings suggest that students are positioned as (a)…
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Social Environment
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Nevarez-La Torre, Aida A. – Education and Urban Society, 2012
Many urban classrooms are facing an influx of students who are transient, part of migrant families who decide to reside in cities and large urban centers looking for financial stability and better educational opportunities for their children. This represents a different challenge for English as a second language, bilingual, and mainstream teachers…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Migrant Education, Second Language Learning, Educational Quality
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