Beyond School reform

melissaNEW HAVEN – Between charter school melt-downs, school board take-overs, test-mania  and slick education  reform saviors, who has time to cover what is going on in American urban classrooms day in and day out.

Melissa Bailey, an education reporter for the New Haven Independent did, and collected 10 of her stories into a new e-book called “School Reform City: Voices from an American Experiment .”

The book is out this month and available on Amazon. All of the stories originally appeared in the New Haven Independent and together offer a look at both the challenges faced in the effort to improve schools. It also sheds light on New Haven’s against the grain approach. While other cities go to war with unions over teacher evaluations and charters, New Haven has hatched a middle-ground type of reform in collaboration with its teachers union..

The book takes a look at some of the experiments New Haven has tried in the name of reform – and some of the more old-fashioned ways that people in New Haven overcome setbacks dealt by poverty. These stories highlight students, teachers and parents who have shown exceptional perseverance in the face of obstacles – a lost car key, a lost home, a lost family – that stand to derail them from their dreams.

About the author: Melissa Bailey is managing editor and education reporter for the New Haven Independent, one of the nation’s leading hyperlocal, not-for-profit online news organizations. She is a 2014-15 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard.

Linda Lambeck