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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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The Odyssey Continues

The Odyssey Continues

Union City School System, One Year Later

(p.182) 8 The Odyssey Continues
Improbable Scholars

David L. Kirp

Oxford University Press

This chapter revisits Union City High School one year later and creates a portrait of the situation in 2010. The summer of 2010 was an especially trying time, with budget cuts to inflict and massive audits to prepare for. However, the Supreme Court also ordered the lawmakers to come up with an additional $500 million for the education budget, and so Union City will have more money to spend this year. In July, the school district had twenty million unanticipated dollars in the bank. School superintendent Stanley M. Sanger is left puzzling over how to spend the money without making commitments that must be undone the following year. Some of the money, he decides, will go toward maintenance, some to technology. Characteristically, much of it will be invested in people, especially in the coaches that have had such an impact at the high school. A July 6 letter from the New Jersey Department of Education also provided the sweetest news—Union City fared well on the QSAC (Quality Single Accountability Continuum), the system-wide evaluation that had consumed so much time and generated so much paperwork. That is an unheard-of accomplishment among inner-city New Jersey districts, another vindication of the district's strategy of continuous improvement.

Keywords:   public high schools, public education, school systems, continuous improvement, school districts, inner cities

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