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Education Reform Resources

Organizations and Websites

Center for Educational Reform – Conservative reform action center with many news items, educational facts and opinion.

Center for School Change – Their three major objectives: Help create new, potentially more effective models of education; Increase knowledge of and support for educational reform; Stimulate change in local, state and federal institutions.

Frameworks Institute’s Education Reform Toolkit – “a toolkit compendium of research on how Americans think about the educational system and education reform, and how to increase public support for policies that ensure that all Americans are fully prepared for professional and civic life in the 21st century.” Click on ‘Research Reports’ or ‘Applications’ at top for various content.

Glossary of Education Reform – Designed and supported by the Great Schools Partnership, “a comprehensive online resource that describes widely used school-improvement terms, concepts, and strategies for journalists, parents, and community members.”

Great Schools Partnership – “a nonprofit school-support organization working to redesign public education and improve learning for all students.” See especially their Resources and Presentations.

Quality Education is a Constitutional Right

U.S. Department of Education: K-12 Reforms – This section of the U.S. DoED site explains government education reform and provides links for further information.


J.R. Henig, R.C. Hula, M. Orr, & D.S. Pedescleaux (2001). The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education. Princeton University Press, 320pp. – “Filled with insightful explanations together with recommendations for policy change, this book is an important component of the debate now being waged among researchers, education activists, and the community as a whole.”

Frederick M. Hess & Michael Q. McShane, eds. (2013). Common Core Meets Education Reform: What It All Means for Politics, Policy, and the Future of Schooling. Teachers College Press, 240pp.

Jack Jennings (2015). Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools: The Politics of Education Reform. Harvard Education Press, 264pp. – “longtime policy analyst Jack Jennings examines the evolution of federal education policy and outlines a bold and controversial vision for its future…He sets forth an ambitious agenda for reframing education as a federal civil right and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn.”

Pauline Lipman (2003). High Stakes Education: Inequality, Globalization, and Urban School Reform. Routledge, 240pp. – “Noted scholar Pauline Lipman explores the implications of education accountability reforms, particularly in urban schools, in the current political, economic, and cultural context of intensifying globalization and increasing social inequality and marginalization along lines of race and class.”

Joseph P. McDonald (2014). American School Reform: What Works, What Fails, and Why. University of Chicago Press, 208pp. – Springing from the Cities and Schools Research Group, this book is “one of the clearest assessment of school reform as it has played out in our recent history.”

Sarah Mondale, ed. (2002). School: The Story of American Public Education. Beacon Press, 256pp. – The companion to a PBS documentary of the same name.

Charles M. Payne (2008). So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools. Harvard Education Press, 300pp. – “This frank and courageous book explores the persistence of failure in today’s urban schools. At its heart is the argument that most education policy discussions are disconnected from the daily realities of urban schools, especially those in poor and beleaguered neighborhoods.”

T. Sizer (1992). Horace’s Compromise: The dilemma of the American high school. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. – A reforming educator gives his analysis of what’s wrong and what can be fixed in today’s high schools.

T. Sizer (1992). Horace’s School: Redesigning the american high school. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. – Suggestions for reforming high schools.


Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Critical Issues in School Reform. – A free online video workshop for K-12 teachers, administrators, and parents; 8 video programs (from 30 to 45 minutes in length), workshop guide, and Web site.


ReThinking Schools – Some articles can be accessed for free, others require subscription. They advocate for “reform of elementary and secondary education, with a strong emphasis on issues of equity and social justice.”

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