A Think Twice Review of:
Fix the City Schools: Moving All Schools to Charter-Like Autonomy
Think Twice - Apr 15, 2010
Publisher/Think Tank - Reason Foundation
Author(s) - Katrina E. Bulkley, Montclair State University
This report argues for the decentralization of urban school districts and cites increased student achievement in post-Katrina New Orleans as support for city schools moving toward a "portfolio" of schools model.
Reviewer(s) - Katrina E. Bulkley, Montclair State University
In her review, Bulkley points out that the heavy reliance on New Orleans is a significant weakness of the report as there are numerous reasons unrelated to the portfolio approach that can explain some or all of the student gains. Additionally, Bulkley criticizes the report for its reliance on selected, biased examples as opposed to systematic research.