Over this holiday weekend, I would recommend going through Catalyst’s In-Depth report of Arne Duncan’s Renaissance 2010, the plan for Chicago schools that he rolled out as CEO of the Chicago Pubic School system. He heralded his plan as a success and his appointment to Secretary of Education was based on this so-called “success”.
He then took that model of Renaissance 2010 and projected it onto school districts around the country re-titling it “Race to the Top”. The results of this expensive effort has shown mixed results at best.
Another interesting and informative article on Arne Duncan’s Renaissance 2010 plan describing how and why it developed in Chicago was published in Rethinking Schools last year. The full version can be found at Common Dreams.org.
Both are recommended reads.