St. Louis City Schools

Books for City Parents

Required Reading for Parents of Children in City Schools

How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance Paperback

Jacqueline Edelberg

The story of motivated neighborhood parents organizing an entire community to take a leap of faith, transforming a challenged urban school into one of Chicago's best, virtually overnight.

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Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools

Michael Petrilli

A detailed look into the decision-making process of a prominent edication analyst as he struggles with the decision to send his children to a diverse urban school versus moving to a suburban district.

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Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh

Gerald Grant

A thoughtful look at the education systems in two cities that exemplify our nation's greatest educational challenges, and the impact that integration/segregation has had on their success.

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I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap

M. Night Shyamalan

Through the work of his foundation, famed director M. Night Shyamalan traveled across the country examining high-performing schools that served inner-city students and looking for the factors that led to their success.

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