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Breaking New Ground

LegiConfHeather B. Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, & Deborah R. Stark

In a landmark study about transforming Chicago’s low-performing schools, a sobering lesson emerged: No single reform solution really works on its own. Instead, schools, districts, communities, and families must take multiple actions to address the complex problem of turning around chronically low-performing schools.

HRFP2The U.S. Department of Education has pointed out that, “Under current law, family engagement is too often focused on a checklist of activities rather than on driving results, funding isn’t always targeted to the most effective practices, and family engagement is treated as a discrete activity rather than as an integrated strategy that should have a place across multiple programs.”

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Breaking New Ground