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Improbable ScholarsThe Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools$
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David L. Kirp

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987498

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987498.001.0001

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Can These Eagles Soar?

Can These Eagles Soar?

Union City High School

(p.138) 6 Can These Eagles Soar?
Improbable Scholars

David L. Kirp

Oxford University Press

The enormous Union City High, which opened in 2009 is described as the city's field of dreams. People who send their kids to the school hope that its spare-no-cost environment for learning will inspire students to become as impressive as the space itself. The present goal is to shed the dread label of being a “school in need of improvement”, by getting 10% more students to pass the state's graduation exams in English and math. That is extremely ambitious, since it is almost unheard-of for a school to jump from “level 5” purgatory, its current status, to a state-issued seal of approval in a single year. What's more, there is no single urban high school with a comparable student profile that has emerged from under the state's thumb—not only in New Jersey but anywhere in the country.

Keywords:   public high schools, public school education, Union City, school systems

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