It took two years of reporting (and a healthy amount of procrastination) to polish off a retrospective piece on Oakland’s small schools movement. Well, here you have it.
There are three related stories in Wednesday’s Tribune: An analysis of the ins and outs, ups and downs of the effort; a short profile on Elmhurst Community Prep and its principal, a small schools convert; and another short(ish) piece about the schools and the people who haven’t fared so well in this whole experiment.
This issue is so important, so complex, and so emotionally and politically charged that I grappled with how to frame it and what to include. I’m sure it’s not the last piece I’ll write on the subject — in fact, I’m told that Stanford researchers are coming out with a second report soon. All I can say is that it sure feels good to have completed this thing.