Tough Questions for Tough Times
The economic downturn and the recent passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act confront many district and school leaders with the confounding paradox of managing both recession-driven budget cuts and new stimulus funding intended to improve the achievement of underserved students. Here, Parrett and Budge discuss the results of their study of high-performing, high-poverty schools. They discovered that a school can indeed overcome the powerful and pervasive effects of poverty on a student's learning. Sustained improvements usually began with an individual or a small group of leaders committed to equity and the goal of successfully teaching every student.
Parrett, William and Budge, Kathleen. (2009). "Tough Questions for Tough Times". Educational Leadership, 67(2), 22-27.