Grassroots School Reform: A Community Guide to Developing Globally Competitive Students

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byKent A. Farnsworth, Kent A Farnsworth

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By virtually every measure, America’s public schools are failing. Grassroots School Reform argues that significant education reform will not come from state or federal policy change, but from locally stimulated initiatives that reclaim responsibility for selecting committed leadership and force states to grant greater local autonomy. Using as a blueprint exemplary charter schools, Farnsworth argues that public policy must extend chartering privileges to all schools and allow them to pursue excellence without the restraints of state and federal restriction. This book provides a fresh, but uniquely manageable approach to grassroots education reform that re-empowers citizens to control their educational destinies.                   

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By virtually every measure, America’s public schools are failing. Grassroots School Reform argues that significant education reform will not come from state or federal policy change, but from locally stimulated initiatives that reclaim responsibility for selecting committed leadership and force states to grant greater local autonomy. U...

Kent A. Farnsworth is retired Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professor for Education Leadership and Policy Studies Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he also directed the Center for International Community College Education and Leadership. For 19 years prior to his university tenure, Farnsworth served as President of Crow...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.4 × 6.02 × 0.45 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230108334

ISBN - 13:9780230108332

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We Need School Reform-and Soon! * Where Are We Doing It Right? * Where Reform Won't Happen * Getting Someone To Be Responsible * Finding and Supporting Great Leadership * Developing a World Class Curriculum * Math as the Language of Science and Technology * Second Language from the Start * “Let Me Show You The World" * Hiring, Developing, and Evaluating for Excellence * Keeping Teachers Current, Enthusiastic, and Energized * Reinterpreting 'Least Restrictive Environment' * Providing Choice in the Public Arena * Legislating for Change * Managing With Data * Building Successful Partnerships * Sustaining and Enhancing Reform * The Rescuer's 12 Step Guide to School Reform