Stop the School Bus: Getting Education Reform Back on Track, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118283066
  • ISBN-13: 9781118283066
  • DDC: 370.973
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 544 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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From a seasoned veteran of public education, Stop the School Bus exposes the unwarranted and misguided school reform initiatives that are negatively impacting students and educators across the country. Gerald Tirozzi covers all the hottest school reform trendsincluding charter schools, teacher merit pay, Race to the Top, common core standards, and more. While some reform efforts are bringing about positive change, many make egregious promises, lack a research base, fail to address the needs of students and educators, and utilize a smoke and mirror depiction of success.   The chapters in the book will each represent a bus stop bringing into clear focus a particular misguided reform effort, explaining its negative effect on school reform, the wasted political capital involved, and the often debilitating impact on students and staff. Tirozzi will also provide specific recommendations as to how the reform initiative presented in the chapter can be improved uponwhich, in turn, can help re-route the bus to more meaningful school reform.     

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
About Nassp.
1: America’s Teachers: “we Are the Heroes We Have Been Waiting For”.
2: To Teach or Not to Teach? How Reforms Are Killing the Profession.
3: Alternate Certification Is the Answer: But What Was the Question?.
4: Performance Pay for Teachers: Separating Myth from Reality.
5: Teacher Bashing: To What End?.
6: Getting Teacher Reform Back on Track.
7: Charter Schools: Helping or Hurting School Reform?.
8: Charter Schools: A Dream Denied.
9: The Equity Problem.
10: Charter Schools: Innovative and Effective?.
11: Getting Charter Schools Back on Track.
12: International Comparisons: How They Should and Shouldnt Drive Reform.
13: Oh, to Be in Finland! a New Look at the Programme for International Student Assessment.
14: A Trip Down Memory Lane.
15: Getting International Comparisons Back on Track.
16: The Federal Role in School Reform: Problems and Solutions.
17: Federal School Reform Initiatives: What Happened to Local Control?.
18: Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants: Helping Schools or Holding Them Hostage?.
19: Getting the Federal Role Back on Track.