Boston s schools in 2006 won the Eli Broad Prize for the Most Improved Urban School System in America. But from the 1930s into the 1970s the city schools succumbed to scandals including the sale of jobs and racial segregation. This book describes the black voices before and after court decisions and the struggles of Boston teachers before and after collective bargaining. The contributions of universities, corporations and political leaders to restore academic achievement are evaluated by one who observed Boston schools for forty years.
Joseph Marr Cronin has been a Professor and Dean at Harvard and Lesley Universities and President of Bentley College. He was the first Massachusetts Secretary of Education. Recently he has taught at Boston University and been Senior Fellow at the New England Board of Higher Education, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and Eduventures. He wrote The Control of Urban Schools and Organizing an Urban School System for Diversity.