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1 Tales Out of School: Joseph Fernandez's Crusade to Rescue American Education  Fernandez, Joseph A.; Underwood, John
0316279188 / 9780316279185 Very Good.  
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1993 Little, Brown. GIFT INSCRIPTION (amusingly, with grammatical error) BY AUTHOR, former Chancellor of NYC Schools. Very clean; pages bright; binding tight. Light-to-average wear. 278pp, Index. Language: English. NOTE: Large size; cannot ship outside U.S. via Flat-Rate envelope. 'The embattled chancellor of the New York City school system tells his story (with the aid of Underwood, a former writer for Sports Illustrated ) in a punchy style that reflects his hometown, streetwise origins. Born to Spanish-speaking parents in Harlem, Fernandez experienced early on the failures and inadequacies of schools. Shuttling between parochial and public schools, he joined for a time the street culture of drugs and gangs, before finding redemption in the military where he finally earned his high school diploma. His interest in mathematics whetted, he began, with a supportive wife and family, a process of continuous education that helped him achieve the American dream. In Florida, he started his career as a teacher, was promoted to principal then superintendent. As he tells it, he made his mark on the Dade County school system through his program of School Based Management--a program aimed at giving greater power to teachers, principals and parents, rather than to the educational bureaucracy. His apparent success there propelled him to his current position, the toughest job in American education. Fernandez is candid about many things, including his shaky tenure, but defensive about his programs and pragmatic approaches. Still, his is a lively, nondeferential story told from the front lines.'--Publishers Weekly, 1992.  
Price: 25.00 USD
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