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Pockets: Dorothy Shipps Collection, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Organization & Leadership, Teachers College Faculty
Description/Abstract: Margaret Haley, the leader of the Chicago Teachersí Federation from 1898 until the mid-1930s, helped shape the nationís political debates about the future of urban public education. Because many of the issues she raised have resurfaced today, and few contemporary reformers can avoid choosing sides, Kate Rousmaniereís new biography of Haley could not be more timely, nor its lessons more vital. As in the early 20th century, urban school governance is currently being transformed. Some reformers would further its centralization and update its administrative bureaucracy by calling for one ultimate authority, modeled on a corporate CEO, who is expected to command responsiveness and sanction those who fail (Henig & Rich, 2003). Others cling to broadly representative school boards, teacher professionalism, and cross-sector political alliances on behalf of locally designed change (Bryk et al., 1998). Also at a fundamental crossroads is the funding of public education. Some would have schools placed...