Alan Bersin was hired as superintendent of San Diego City Schools (SDCS) in 1998. Over the course of four years, he led and his chancellor of instruction, Anthony Alvarado, an aggressive reform efforts: reorganization of the central office, the redesign of the instructional program in reading and mathematics, and devoted incredible resources to teachers, administrators, and professional development. The SDCS leaders faced considerable political and financial challenges the school administration was deeply divided, t … Read more »

Alan Bersin was hired as superintendent of San Diego City Schools (SDCS) in 1998. Over the course of four years, he led and his chancellor of instruction, Anthony Alvarado, an aggressive reform efforts: reorganization of the central office, the redesign of the instructional program in reading and mathematics, and devoted incredible resources to teachers, administrators, and professional development. The SDCS leaders considerable political and financial challenges: the council was deeply divided, against the teachers’ union, the district headquarters, and the state was the major financial crisis in the recent past. Nevertheless, from 1998 to 2002 significantly improved student achievement scores in elementary schools, middle schools and modest in practically not in high schools. The reform efforts appeared in the smaller primary schools work, but not the larger, organizationally complex secondary schools. The Heads of State and Government was faced with a choice., Reform efforts, not yet fully implemented with the understanding that the reforms were, and the results have been mixed, continue or change the reform strategy (and if so, to determine in how)
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James A. Phills,
Linda favorite-Hammond,
Michael Milliken
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
32 pages.
Publication Date: Jan 28, 2004. Prod #: SI53-PDF-ENG
Reform of San Diego City Schools: 1998-2002 HBR case solution