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Author Holland, William R., 1938-

Title A school in trouble : a personal story of Central Falls High School / William R. Holland
Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Education, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 117 pages) : illustrations
Contents Interim superintendent in Central Falls -- The obstacles to success in an inner-city school -- A jaded perception of urban schools -- An urban principal questions dropout figures -- Residential instability among Latinos -- The role of poverty -- The need for better teaching -- The blame game -- The unique city of Central Falls -- Central Falls High School today -- An agenda for change -- The URI-Central Falls High School partnership -- A severe bump in the road -- Central Falls students -- Theresa Agonia : overcoming adversity -- Bryant Estrada : an independent thinker -- Guillermo Ronquillo : the importance of faith -- George Carle : a basketball dream -- Summary
Summary Annotation During and after his term as interim Central Falls superintendent in 2006-2007, Bill Holland sought answers to why some Central Falls High School students had school success while over half of their classmates failed to graduate. Much can be learned from how these students survived in a chronically low-achieving school located in the poorest community in the state. Holland provides behind-the-scenes details on the issues of poverty, ineffective teaching, and cultural differences while also advising students, parents, and teachers on ways to gain greater educational success. Before the book was completed, a federal and state mandate unexpectedly resulted in the superintendent having to adopt a turn-around model and fire the entire high school faculty and staff-an action that set off a firestorm between the school and state leadership and the American Federation of Teachers. The conflict made national headlines and was mentioned by President Obama as a prime example of a "last resort" approach in reforming failing inner-city schools
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Central Falls High School (Central Falls, R.I.)
Hispanic Americans -- Education (Secondary) -- Rhode Island -- Central Falls.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010013970
ISBN 1607098733 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1607098741 (paperback; alk. paper)
160709875X (ebook)
9781607098737 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781607098744 (paperback; alk. paper)
9781607098751 (ebook)