Union City May Provide a Blueprint for Failed School Systems

April 03, 2013 at 9:46 am

A recent announcement that the state will take over Camden’s public schools turned the public’s attention to one of the most troubled school districts in the nation. NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider sat down with University of California-Berkeley professor David Kirp on one of the unsung success stories in public education and it’s taking place in Hudson County’s Union City schools.

Kirp teaches public policy at Berkeley and is also the author of “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools”. Kirp spent the last three years delving deep into Union City and its schools to see what lessons could be learned as school reform, especially as it concerns urban schools, remains a roiling debate in New Jersey and beyond.

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