Maze of Mistrust: How District Politics and Cross Talk Are Stalling Efforts to Improve Public Education

In 1993, the Kettering Foundation and Public Agenda released a report titled Divided Within, Besieged Without: The Politics of Education in Four American School Districts. The study’s attention to communities was distinct from the conventional focus on the technical issues of school administration and funding, and it reported on what people in communities said they were concerned with: the qualities of human relationships. And the relationships people described were troubled.

Reclaiming Public Education: Common Sense Approaches

Bob Cornett, a former state budget director for Kentucky, describes himself as a “retired bureaucrat.” But as a parent, grandparent, and a person who has been involved in education reform for more than 20 years, he’s come to understand that, if public education policies are to be corrected, the impetus has to come from the citizenry.