Each case uses a consistent framework that allows the reader to easily navigate them and make comparisons. Concluding Lessons Learned chapter provides a summary of the themes that emerge from the cases and gives the reader an outline of the practical dimensions involved in carrying out nonprofit innovations. Profiles an array of innovative nonprofit organizations from around the world that provides the reader with a balanced picture of the sector and show commonalities between cases that come from different countries, regions, and fields. Discussion questions at the end of each case ask the reader to reflect and analyze the innovation as well think creatively and initiate successful innovations themselves.

The Mind Trust: Innovations in Urban Education

The mind trust: Innovations in urban education
Wolfgang Bielefeld

Professor Emeritus School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Introduction: Public Education in the United States

Since its inception to the present, the U.S. public education system has been subject to differing opinions, and often outright controversy, about issues such as the goals of public education, funding, and the relationship between public and private schools (for a history of U.S. education, see Mondale, 2002). This makes education one of the United States’ most contentious public services. Concerns about public education were heightened by a 1983 report published by the National Commission on Excellence in Education. A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational ...

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