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Making the GradeThe Economic Evolution of American School Districts$
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William A. Fischel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226251301

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226251318.001.0001

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Introduction: Mobility, Property, and Community

Introduction: Mobility, Property, and Community

(p.1) Chapter One Introduction: Mobility, Property, and Community
Making the Grade

William A. Fischel

University of Chicago Press

This book focuses on public education and educational reforms. It has two connotations for school districts. The more obvious and contemporary is the demand for public schools to conform to high standards of accomplishment. The less obvious connotation of this book's title is the historical transformation of school districts. It also explains how the tutorial-recitation method was supplanted by the age-graded method. The themes that cut across the chapters of this book can be summarized as mobility, property, and community. The book concludes with a suggestion that a robust system of locally governed—and at least partly locally financed—school districts may be essential for the future of education. The challenge is the decline in the proportion of the population that has children in schools.

Keywords:   public education, educational reforms, school districts, human mobility

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