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This article reports findings from an exploratory investigation of a comparatively low drop-out rate occurring in a predominantly Mexican American school district. Although it appears that numerous factors contribute to the district's ability to keep students in school-alternative education...
Local school districts do not figure prominently in contemporary school reform efforts that are primarly centered at the state and school levels of the system. This article explores ways in which school districts matter in current instructional reform efforts. The article examines haw two local...
This article describes and discusses theoretically the development of a new institutional infrastructure for service coordination in a university-community- school partnership project in Chicago. Using insights from the New Institutionalism, it examines 5 aspects of infrastructure: (a) convening...
School choice is becoming an increasingly common policy in school districts, although it remains controversial and its outcomes are not well understood. This article argues that we need better definitions and measures of the practices and policies that create school choice and that this can...
Today many American educational reformers and policymakers are beginning to embrace a new reform strategy for improving our schools, a strategy that emphasizes results rather than inputs or the redistribution of power. Key components of this strategy include the creation of "world-class"...
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