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Reinventing America's Schools

Nonfiction: Social Science
Unabridged   14.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/05/2017

Reinventing America's Schools

Creating a 21st-Century Education System

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681688596
Digital Download ISBN:9781681688602


In Reinventing America's Schools, David Osborne, one of the world's foremost experts on public sector reform, offers a comprehensive analysis of the charter school movements and presents a theory that will do for American schools what his New York Times bestseller Reinventing Government did for public governance in 1992.

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In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city got an unexpected opportunity to recreate its school system from scratch. The state's Recovery School District (RSD), created to turn around failing schools, gradually transformed all of its New Orleans schools into charter schools, and the results are shaking the very foundations of American education. Test scores, school performance scores, graduation and dropout rates, ACT scores, college-going rates, and independent studies all tell the same story: the city's RSD schools have tripled their effectiveness in eight years. Other cities have followed suit, from Denver to Indianapolis to Washington, D.C. States are using New Orleans–like strategies in Memphis and Camden, New Jersey, and three states have created recovery school districts modeled on Louisiana's.

In this book, Osborne tells compelling stories from New Orleans, Washington, and Denver, three of the fastest improving cities in the nation. Ultimately, he argues that in today's world we should treat every public school like a charter school, giving them autonomy, holding them accountable for student learning, letting them create diverse school models, and giving parents a choice of public schools.


"A fervent manifesto for school diversity and autonomy." —Kirkus

Author Bio

David Osborne is the author or coauthor of five nonfiction books: Laboratories of Democracy; Reinventing Government, a New York Times bestseller; Banishing Bureaucracy; The Reinventor's Fieldbook; and The Price of Government. He has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and other publications.