The Street Stops Here

A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem

By Patrick McCloskey; Samuel G. Freedman (Foreword by)
(University of California Press, Hardcover, 9780520255173, 456pp.)

Publication Date: January 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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"The Street Stops Here "offers a deeply personal and compelling account of a Catholic high school in central Harlem, where mostly disadvantaged (and often non-Catholic) African American males graduate on time and get into college. Interweaving vivid portraits of day-to-day school life with clear and evenhanded analysis, Patrick J. McCloskey takes us through an eventful year at Rice High School, as staff, students, and families make heroic efforts to prevail against society's expectations. McCloskey's riveting narrative brings into sharp relief an urgent public policy question: whether (and how) to save these schools that provide the only viable option for thousands of poor and working-class students--and thus fulfill a crucial public mandate. Just as significantly, "The Street Stops Here "offers invaluable lessons for low-performing urban public schools.
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