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Document Number: 5455

Stronger Schools, Stronger Cities - Through the 30-month Municipal Leadership in Education (MLE) program, six cities (selected through a competitive process) launched local initiatives to improve public education. For each of these cities — Charleston, South Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Lansing, Michigan; New Haven, Connecticut; and Portland, Oregon — a project profile is provided, offering school governance and demographics information, as well as the details of each city’s program. The report also relates lessons learned, including that “vigorous and sustained mayoral leadership yields big dividends” and “strong city-school district partnerships depend on both personal relationships and institutional capacity.” (Audrey M. Hutchinson and Denise Van Wyngaardt, Institute for Youth, Education and Families, National League of Cities, April 2004)...

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