Article

Journal of Educational Change

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 47-70

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Is it wrong for us to want good things? The origins of Gompers Charter Middle School

  • Hugh B. MehanAffiliated withCenter for Research in Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), University of California, San Diego Email author 
  • , Gordon C. ChangAffiliated withCenter for Research in Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), University of California, San DiegoWestern Illinois University

Abstract

This paper documents the initial process by which a San Diego middle school, located in a low-income and predominantly Hispanic neighborhood and repeatedly failing to meet No Child Left Behind provisions, restructured into an academically rigorous, detracked charter school. The discussion of the political experience and working relationships between the charter organizers, the school district, and its superintendent illustrate the often contentious process of community mobilization and deliberation. The involvement of faculty from the University of California San Diego and community groups as contributing partners enhances our understanding of the creation of educational reforms or the transformation of passion into practice.

Keywords

Charter schools School reform Restructuring Detracking School-university partnerships District politics College-going school culture