Choices: True and False by
explains why school voucher programs in Milwaukee, Cleveland
and Florida are flawed. On the contrary, he writes that California’s
defeat of Proposition 38 and former New Mexico governor Gary
Johnson’s school voucher legislation proposal are models to
champion based upon the Independent Institute’s most recent
the current public school funding crisis, Merrifield’s call
to radically and permanently improve the educational prospects
of America’s children by liberalizing the market for educational
entrepreneurs—a reform engine that doesn’t raise taxes—is more
timely than ever.
Irony of Early School Reform: Educational Innovation in
Mid-Nineteenth Century Massachusetts second edition
by Michael B. Katz
published in 1968, this book quickly became essential
reading for anyone interested in American education. One of
the first books to survey the relationship between public educational
systems and the rise of urbanization and industrialization, Irony was
instrumental in mapping out the origins of school reform and
locating the source of educational inequalities and bureaucracies
in patterns established in the nineteenth century. This new
and enhanced version of the classic text is now available for
the legions of people who have asked for it. It includes an
update by the author along with the same cohesive text and
criticism contained in the original.
standard in the field, this work will continue to inspire scholars
and reformers with its indispensable information and comprehensive
B. Katz is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History
at the University of Pennsylvania.
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