Educational Partnerships, Urban School Reform, and the Building of Community

  • Barry M. Franklin
Part of the Secondary Education in a Changing World book series (SECW)


At the beginning of April 2000, parents whose children attended five of the then worst performing schools in New York City voted to defeat an attempt to convert the schools to charter status. New York State’s 1998 charter school legislation allowed for the conversion of existing public schools to charter schools with the approval of a majority of the parents of children attending the school.1 Proposed by School Chancellor Howard Levy with the urgings of his boss, New York City’s then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a supporter of privatization as a reform strategy, the plan would allow the private, for-profit Edison Schools to enter into a partnership with the city to direct the conversion process and, if successful, to become the educational management organization (EMO) responsible for administering these new charter schools.2 The ultimate failure of this proposal, occurring in the midst of the greater success of another venture, the Annenberg Challenge, raises the question of the role that partnerships have come to play at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first as a vehicle of urban school reform.


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