Includes bibliographical references (p. -277) and index.
Introduction. Exit, voice, and loyalty : leave, speak up, or stay
Boston schools : the height of loyalty and ethnic exits (1920-40)
Boston teachers express their voices (1920-65)
School reform postponed (1940-62)
Black voices for equal education, and the white response (1960-74)
The court orders reforms (1974-89)
Universities speak up
The organized teacher voice (1965 to the present)
Business calls for educational improvements
Future choices, disparate voices.
"Boston's schools in 2006 won the Eli Broad Prize for the Most Improved Urban School System in America. But from the 1930s into the 1970s the city schools succumbed to scandals including the sale of jobs and racial segregation. This book describes the black voices before and after court decisions and the struggles of Boston teachers before and after collective bargaining. The contributions of universities, corporations and political leaders to restore academic achievement are evaluated by one who observed Boston schools for forty years"-- Provided by publisher.