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In this section are resources and information about education and school reform, including a little history on the reform movement, facts and figures about education in America, material on reform models and district-wide strategies, and a list of organizations with even more information on the subject.

BENCHMARKS OF REFORM

A timeline of the critical events in school reform over the last several decades along with commentary by Warren Simmons, Executive Director of Annenberg Institute of School Reform, and Michael Casserly, Executive Director of Council of the Great City Schools.

REPORT CARD ON AMERICA'S SCHOOLS

Algebra class at Bishop Spaugh Academy

An Algebra class at Bishop Spaugh Academy in Charlotte, NC

Facts and figures on public schools, student performance, the achievement gap, dropouts, accountability, spending, teachers and the public's opinion about education in America.

SELECTING A REFORM MODEL

Chris Griffin and Dr. James Comer

Chris Griffin, left, a former school social worker, talks with Dr. James Comer, founder of the Comer Process.

With the abundance of reform models on the market today, selecting the right one for your school can be a challenge. Here are some things to consider and resources to help you find, evaluate and fund a comprehensive school reform model.

COMPONENTS OF DISTRICT REFORM

A number of components are integral to successful system-wide reform at the district level, according to experts. Ten key components are described, followed by information on other successful districts, useful reports, articles and guides to district-wide reform.

OBSTACLES TO REFORM

Whether reform begins district-wide or school-by-school, change is difficult. Education evaluators say there are a number of common obstacles that can impede reform efforts.

WHERE CAN I FIND.

A list of the many resources available on the internet that helped us research, write and produce the PBS show, Making Schools Work with Hedrick Smith.


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