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Billingham, Chase M. – Urban Education, 2019
Recent research has determined that racial segregation within school districts has decreased, on average, over the past two decades, even as segregation between school districts has persisted. Although case studies have documented White families' return to urban public schools, with potential implications for segregation patterns, quantitative…
Descriptors: School Segregation, School Districts, Urban Schools, Public Schools
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Diem, Sarah; Carpenter, Bradley W.; Lewis-Durham, Tiffanie – Urban Education, 2019
Aspiring school leaders must be equipped with skill sets to facilitate the critical examination of district policies that reproduce inequities. Policies such as school choice, which have racial and socioeconomic implications for educational opportunity, require leaders to operate from a social justice identity while seeking to enhance their sense…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Administrator Education, School Districts, Educational Policy
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Bristol, Travis J. – Urban Education, 2018
One urban district administered the Black Male Teacher Environment Survey (BMTES) to each of its Black male teachers to measure their school-based experiences. This article highlights descriptive statistics from the 86 Black male teacher respondents. Findings suggest that participants' background characteristics and school-based experiences varied…
Descriptors: African American Teachers, Males, Urban Schools, School Districts
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McMillian, M. Monique; Fuller, Sarah; Hill, Zoelene; Duch, Kate; Darity, William A., Jr. – Urban Education, 2018
This study uses a North Carolina administrative data set to analyze racial segregation and student achievement in Wake County during race-based and income-based school assignment plans. We find a modest increase in the level of racial segregation in Wake schools during the income-based plan, but compared with other large districts in the state,…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, School Segregation, Student Placement, Socioeconomic Influences
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Trujillo, Tina M.; Hernández, Laura E.; Jarrell, Tonja; Kissell, René – Urban Education, 2014
The purpose of this article is to investigate the multiple political histories that have coalesced to produce support for or resistance to the Oakland Unified School District's full-service community schools policy. It analyzes oral history interview data from eight stakeholders who represent the district's major constituencies to explore the…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Urban Schools, School Districts, Oral History
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Marx, Sherry; Saavedra, Cinthya M. – Urban Education, 2014
In this critically reflective article, we share our perceptions of the epistemologies that shape our own understanding of successful ESL education and that of a school district that asked us to help redevelop its ESL program. Our differing epistemologies, ours critical and aimed toward social justice, theirs built on what we describe as neoliberal…
Descriptors: Epistemology, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, School Districts
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Rogers, Rebecca – Urban Education, 2012
Although research has been conducted on state and city interventions of educational systems in urban districts in the United States, very little has been written from the perspective of an elected school board, the governing bodies being replaced during this era of reform. This case study illustrates how an elected school board in St. Louis,…
Descriptors: School Districts, State School District Relationship, Educational Change, Administrative Change
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McGlynn, Adam J. – Urban Education, 2010
Absent from the literature on mayoral control of urban public schools are quantitative studies that create a coherent theory of why mayoral control occurs. This article attempts to fill this gap by analyzing 47 urban school districts from 1991 to 2002, using a Cox Proportional Hazards model to assess the effects of political, economic, and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, City Government, Public Officials
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Voithofer, Rick; Winterwood, Fawn – Urban Education, 2010
This study uses articulation theory to frame how social actors and institutions in an urban community in Columbus, Ohio, form linkages and understandings about computer and information literacies. Using interviews with 33 key educators (e.g., principals, computer literacy teachers, library media specialists, district integration specialists),…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Media Specialists, Information Literacy, Community Centers
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Burns, Peter – Urban Education, 2010
State takeovers of local school districts represent one of the most recent kinds of education reform. Americans favor both local control over education and state takeovers of failing schools. African American leaders tend to oppose takeovers, but survey data suggest that African American citizens support greater state influence over local…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, School Districts, Educational Change, African American Attitudes
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Shealey, Monika Williams; McHatton, Patricia Alvarez; Farmer, Jennie – Urban Education, 2009
In this article, the authors discuss the context of urban special education and the complexities of meeting the demands of standards-based reform in urban settings. The study presented highlights the voices of urban special educators in two large urban school districts as they navigate meeting the demands of teaching students with disabilities,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Johnson, Karen A. – Urban Education, 2008
This article explores the documented degree of the destruction triggered by Hurricane Katrina, the impact on the Orleans Parish School District (OPSD), and the efforts that have been made to recover, rebuild, and reopen the public schools. Using a framework that examines historical inequalities and long-term neglect of OPSD schools pre-Katrina,…
Descriptors: Privatization, Educational Change, Futures (of Society), Natural Disasters
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Akbar, Renee; Sims, Michele Jean – Urban Education, 2008
Given the physical, social, cultural, and financial devastation of New Orleans, all aspects of life after Katrina irrevocably changed, as did the institutions that once served the legendary Crescent City. Yet scant reports provide an ethnographic-like view that documents the effects of Katrina on historically Black colleges and universities…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Black Colleges, School Districts, Educational Change
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Stotko, Elaine M.; Ingram, Rochelle; Beaty-O'Ferrall, Mary Ellen – Urban Education, 2007
In the debate about urban school effectiveness and teacher quality, one proposition has emerged as indisputable: The success of urban schools depends heavily on the quality of the teachers who serve the schools and the administrators who support the teachers. Unfortunately, urban school district recruitment policies are often not aligned with…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Teaching, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Strategies
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Mertz, Norma T. – Urban Education, 2006
Using statistical data collected during a 30-year period, the article reports on the significant movement of females into all of the line administrative positions in the largest school districts in the country (by student population) since the passage of Title IX with one notable exception, that of superintendent. The position of superintendent…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Gender Issues, Urban Schools, School Administration