New Orleans, Washington, D.C., New York City, Denver, and Jacksonville are the most open to education reform, concludes a Fordham study, America’s Best (and Worst) Cities for School Reform: Attracting Entrepreneurs and Change Agents, by Rick Hess, Stafford Palmieri and Janie Scull.
Charlotte, Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, and San Francisco also make the top 10 reform-friendly cities.
The study looks at “human capital, financial capital, quality control, municipal environment, charter school environment, and school district environment,” Hess writes.
This study starts from the premise that transformative, sustainable reform is about creating room for problem-solvers to more effectively serve students, teachers, and systems — freeing “nontraditional” providers from spending all their time and energy overcoming bureaucracies or getting permission to proceed.
In openness to reform, San Jose, San Diego, Albany, Philadelphia and Gary earned D grades; Detroit earned an F.