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Education Empire
The Evolution of an Excellent Suburban School System
Education Empire
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Daniel L. Duke - Author
SUNY series, Educational Leadership
Price: $71.50 
Hardcover - 215 pages
Release Date: July 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6493-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6493-9

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Paperback - 215 pages
Release Date: July 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6494-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6494-6

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Traces the organizational history of Fairfax County public schools in Virginia, from 1954–2004, revealing the system's record of academic success.

Despite the fact that more than one-half of the students in the United States are educated in suburban schools, relatively little is known about the development of suburban school systems. Education Empire chronicles the evolution of Virginia's Fairfax County public schools, the twelfth largest school system in the country and arguably one of the very best. The book focuses on how Fairfax has addressed a variety of challenges, beginning with explosive enrollment growth in the 1950s and continuing with desegregation, enrollment decline, economic uncertainty, demands for special programs, and intense politicization. Today, Fairfax, like many suburbs across the country, looks increasingly like an urban school system, with rising poverty, large numbers of recent immigrants, and constant pressure from an assortment of special interest groups. While many school systems facing similar developments have experienced a drop in performance, Fairfax students continue to raise their achievement. Daniel L. Duke reveals the keys to Fairfax's remarkable track record.

"The topics of leadership, politics, and change are presented in a manner that does not overwhelm the reader with theory, yet exposes a world of education often hidden from the public view. Duke takes the best of journalism and combines it with scholarship and his own firsthand knowledge of Fairfax to bring the people and events to life, making you want to know what will happen next. While superintendents that I know assign books like Good to Great, Gung Ho!, and Who Moved My Cheese? to their administrators, Duke's book is far more insightful, interesting, and relevant than many of these bestsellers." — Ira Bogotch, Florida Atlantic University

"The complex interplay of problems over time is poorly understood and this history does a good job of charting these and their relationship. It is an important case study for leadership preparation programs, particularly for the superintendency." — Margaret Terry Orr, author of Opportunities and Chances: Lessons Learned from a Community Youth Services Effort

Daniel L. Duke is Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many books, including The Challenges of Educational Change.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction

1. A Classroom a Day

2. A Ten-Year Trial

3. Growing Bigger and More Diverse

4. The Intensification of Educational Politics

5. Good Isn't Good Enough

6. It Takes an Excellent School System to Ensure Excellent Schools

7. Fairfax County Public Schools and the Future of Suburban Education

Notes
References
Index



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