The prize: who's in charge of America's schools?

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"Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Christie, and Cory Booker were ready to reform our failing schools. They got an education. When Mark Zuckerberg announced in front of a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark Schools -- and to solve the education crisis in every city in America -- it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved -- Newark's key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system. It's a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark's students. Expert journalist Dale Russakoff delivers a story of high ideals and hubris, good intentions and greed, celebrity and street smarts -- as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents, and bewildered students. The growth of charters forces the hand of Newark's superintendent Cami Anderson, who closes, consolidates, or redesigns more than a third of the city's schools -- a scenario on the horizon for many urban districts across America. Most moving are Russakoff's portraits from inside the district's schools, of home-grown principals and teachers, long stuck in a hopeless system -- and often the only real hope for the children of Newark. The Prize is a portrait of a titanic struggle over the future of education for the poorest kids, and a cautionary tale for those who care about the shape of America's schools. "--
A behind-the-scenes account of the high-stakes race to reform Newark's failing schools draws on inside access to such figures as Mark Zuckerbeg, Cory Booker, and Chris Christie to offer insight into the initiative's obstacles, detractors, and economic realities.
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subject_facet Booker, Cory, Business & Economics / Decision-Making & Problem Solving, Christie, Chris, Education -- New Jersey -- Newark -- Finance, Education -- Political aspects -- New Jersey -- Newark, Education / Educational Policy & Reform / General, Education and state -- New Jersey, Educational change -- New Jersey -- Newark, Educational equalization -- New Jersey, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy, Public schools -- New Jersey -- Newark, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, School districts -- New Jersey -- Newark -- Finance, Students -- New Jersey -- Newark -- Appropriations and expenditures, Zuckerberg, Mark, -- 1984-
title_display The prize : who's in charge of America's schools?
title_full The prize : who's in charge of America's schools? / Dale Russakoff, The prize : who's in charge of America's schools? [electronic resource] / Dale Russakoff
title_short The prize :
title_sub who's in charge of America's schools?
topic_facet Appropriations and expenditures, Booker, Cory, Christie, Chris, Education, Education and state, Educational change, Educational equalization, Finance, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy, Political aspects, Public schools, School districts, Students, Zuckerberg, Mark