Photo: Steve Brill's School Reform Sustainability Problem
This is Jessica Reid, a minor character in Steve Brill's new book who, as Brill reveals in this WSJ excerpt, at the end of the book quits her grueling charter school job and takes one at a traditional public school that she feels will be more sustainable. Following a similar path, Brill acknowledges in the last pages of his occasionally fascinating 400+ page account that the "no excuses" charter schools and Race To The Top reforms he focuses on aren't really sustainable, either. If only someone had told them sooner. My interview with Brill -- he's quite a character -- will be in the next issue of Scholastic Administrator.