The prize Who's in charge of America's schools?

Dale Russakoff

eAudio - 2015

When Mark Zuckerberg announced in front of a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark Schools - and to solve the education crisis in every city in America - it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved - Newark's key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system. It's a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly ...everyone, except Newark's students. Expert journalist Dale Russakoff delivers a story of high ideals and hubris, good intentions and greed, celebrity and street smarts - as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents, and bewildered students.

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Published
[United States] : Dreamscape Media, LLC 2015.
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 44 min.)) : digital
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9781681417028
1681417022
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
Dale Russakoff (author)
Corporate Author
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Other Authors
Pete Cross (narrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Russakoff provides a critical and detailed account of the politics, money, and failure in a recent push to convert the Newark New Jersey public school system into a charter school system. At the center are political leaders such as Cory Booker and Chris Christie, a new generation of philanthropists such as Mark Zuckerberg, and, of course, the often-unheard and underrepresented parents and children of the Newark school systems. Cross's friendly and genial voice often belies the content, but that only makes the points hit harder. Russakoff is quite critical at times, but Cross's calm, steady, and gentle delivery make the listener more receptive to the prose. His narration is deliberate and articulate, keeping listeners fully engaged and clear about what is transpiring in the book. At times, some might find him too monotonous, but given the various characters and complexities of this book, it works quite well. A Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcover. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Mark Zuckerberg announced in front of a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark Schools - and to solve the education crisis in every city in America - it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved - Newark’s key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system. It’s a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s students. Expert journalist Dale Russakoff delivers a story of high ideals and hubris, good intentions and greed, celebrity and street smarts - as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents, and bewildered students.