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Childs, Joshua; Russell, Jennifer Lin – Urban Education, 2017
Improving low-achieving schools is a critical challenge facing urban education. Recent national policy shifts have pressed states to take an expanded role in school improvement efforts. In 2009, a federal grant competition called Race to the Top (RttT) compelled states to improve their capacity to implement ambitious education reform agendas.…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Low Achievement, School Turnaround, Urban Schools
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Carpenter, Bradley W.; Diem, Sarah – Urban Education, 2015
Despite the federal government's historical effort to ensure educational equity via policies targeting issues critical to U.S. urban cities, a transformation has taken place in the discourses shaping educational policy solutions. While policies targeting educational equity have not completely vanquished, they have been largely re-written by…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Equal Education, Educational Policy, Urban Education
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Hopson, Rodney – Urban Education, 2014
To understand the long shadow of education policy and reform in the United States, especially in the urban core, requires a full and elaborate understanding of the neighborhoods and communities that have transformed in the last 20 or 30 years. Studying classrooms and educational spaces without concomitant understanding of the dynamics and facets…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Neighborhoods, Community
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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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Peck, Craig; Reitzug, Ulrich C. – Urban Education, 2014
School "turnaround" has received significant attention recently in education literature and policy action, especially as a means to dramatically improve urban education. In current common education usage, "turnaround" refers to the rapid, significant improvement in the academic achievement of persistently low-achieving schools.…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Practices, Educational Change, School Effectiveness
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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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Carey, Roderick L. – Urban Education, 2014
In this article, I critique the labels and terms used to frame practices aimed at closing the achievement gap. I examine how an unacknowledged "achievement gap Discourse" has emerged from the language that informs practices and policies of contemporary school reform. I use Gee's uppercase "Discourse" and a cultural analytic…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Academic Achievement, Discourse Analysis, Criticism
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Griner, Angela Christine; Stewart, Martha Lue – Urban Education, 2013
Culturally responsive practices in schools and classrooms have been shown to be an effective means of addressing the achievement gap as well as the disproportionate representation of racially, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students in programs serving students with special needs. While there has been much research discussing…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Reflection
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Schultz, Katherine; McGinn, Kathryn C. – Urban Education, 2013
In this research, situated in a small urban district with a state-imposed school board, we analyze participation of community members during a three-year effort to improve schools. Through a qualitative analysis of forms of community engagement, this article offers a framework for understanding participation. We present two overlapping continua of…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, School Community Relationship, Educational Improvement, Stakeholders
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Boutte, Gloria Swindler – Urban Education, 2012
Addressing the seemingly perpetual turbulent landscape of urban schools, the role that elementary educators and teacher educators can play in reversing negative trends and trajectories is considered. Three urban education journals were examined over a 5-year period (2005-2010) to determine the emphasis on elementary students or schools. Of the 429…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Education Programs, Elementary School Teachers, Urban Education
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Tate, William F.; Jones, Brittni D.; Thorne-Wallington, Elizabeth; Hogrebe, Mark C. – Urban Education, 2012
The purpose of this article is to describe several conceptual areas that warrant attention by scholars and practitioners interested in improving access and opportunity to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in urban cities. Thinking conceptually about the urban context has been a part of intellectual traditions in the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Areas, STEM Education, Access to Education
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O'Malley, Michael P.; Roseboro, Donyell L.; Hunt, John – Urban Education, 2012
This instrumental case study reviews the 1994-2004 period of state financial oversight in East St. Louis, Illinois School District 189, with a secondary review of the initial years of NCLB implementation. Although the oversight panel's fiscal management did generate financial stability, case findings indicate that its accountability processes did…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Accountability, Case Studies
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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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Warren, Mark R. – Urban Education, 2011
In this article, the author argues that urban school reform falters, in part, because of the lack of an organized political constituency among the stakeholders with the most direct interest in school improvement, that is, parents whose children attend urban schools. The author examines community organizing as a potential strategy to build such a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Change, Public Schools, Politics of Education
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Niesz, Tricia – Urban Education, 2010
The last two decades have seen dramatic change in U.S. schooling as a response to high-stakes accountability and market-based reform movements. Critics cite a number of unfortunate consequences of these movements, especially for students in urban schools. This article explores the troubling ironies related to one strategy for survival in this…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Middle Schools, Educational Change, Accountability
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