Why reforms fizzle

On Gadfly, Rick Hess analyzes the lessons to be learned from school reform in San Diego. The superintendent’s seven-year effort proved disappointing.

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  1. It’s positively surreal.

    Since it’s the school district that’s the source of the problems in education, putting a school district superintendant in charge of improving the situation is akin to putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

  2. Ryland says:

    Bernsin is a former U.S. Attorney. They wanted someone from outside the system to shake things up. His first couple of years there he spent fighting with the CTA, so not a whole lot got accomplished. It would seem to me that all that infighting caused a large number of people to gain by the reform plans’ failure.