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Big Buildings, Small Schools: Using a Small Schools Strategy for High School Reform

This policy report describes emerging efforts by communities such as Boston, Oakland, New York City, and Sacramento to convert large, comprehensive high schools into "education complexes" made up of multiple autonomous small schools under one roof. The authors draw on strategies these communities are undertaking to explore implementation issues concerning school-level autonomies, governance, and leadership of high school reform at the district level. They also delve into the challenges "central office" leaders face in managing a system of learning options that offers a broad range of choices for students and parents. This publication was developed in partnership with Jobs for the Future.

Published 2004 by Jobs For The Future


Lili Allen
Adria Steinberg