Today the Supreme Court ordered a federal judge to tone down his demands on the State of Missouri to desegregate K.C. schools based on differences in test scores.
While far from an expert on this case, I've seen or read reports on "60 Minutes", MacNeil-Lehrer, and "the Economist" which chronicled the amazing amount of time, money, and effort to build magnet schools. Apparently, there's been a net improvement of nothing, nada, zero after a billion or so samolians have been spent on this project.
I'm interested in knowing what reforms (if any) were made in the math instruction. Did they just build new buildings or did they improve teaching? Was there any reform aimed at making students responsible for their education? How can anyone spend a billion dollars and not get any improvement?
Perhaps, Judy Roitman, who lives in an adjacent state has some perspective on this issue. (BTW, congratulations, Judy, on your extensive quotations in our California Math Communicator which appeared in my mail box today.)
Dan Hart SFHS LAUSD -"Where breaking up is hard to do."