The Endless Business of Building a Great School System
This chapter considers some of the factors behind the continuously improving school system of Union City, New Jersey. Many districts are run like a loose confederacy, with each principal calling the shots and each school free to go its own way. What sets Union City apart from the pack is that it has gone beyond this principal-as-savior approach and actually constructed an integrated school system. While there is no romance in this enterprise, the superintendent and his top aides are performing an indispensable role. Behind the scenes, largely invisible to the students, they buttress each school while tying all of them together, setting high expectations for the whole.
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