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Urban School Decentralization and the Growth of

Policy Brief - Jun 02, 2010

Author(s) - Kenneth J. Saltman, DePaul University

This policy brief focuses on the portfolio approach to school reform being used in an increasing number of large urban districts including New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. This approach has been promoted by education reform theorists and some in the Obama administration as a vital and necessary solution to the problems, especially, of urban districts despite the fact that it has unclear advantages, no proof of past success and known high costs.