American School Reform: Sisyphus Condemned or Prometheus Unbound? Crisci, et al.

Over the last two decades, the American public school has been forced to witness a continuing deterioration in the quality of the nation's public school system. Despite a 33 percent increase in per pupil expenditure between 1981 and 1991, despite the promulgation of numerous reform packages, there has been no improvement in student performance. What, precisely, has been the nature of those theoretical or imposed reforms, and what school districts must do in the future to reverse the trend, is addressed by researchers at Kent State University in this article.