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Pomona College Professor Receives Outstanding Academic Title Award for Book on Los Angeles Unified School District

Learning From L.A. book cover

David Menefee-Libey, a professor of politics at Pomona College, is co-author of the book Learning from L.A.: Institutional Change in American Public Education, which has just been named a 2009 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine.

Learning from L.A., coauthored with Charles Taylor Kerchner (professor of education at Claremont Graduate University), Laura Steen Mulfinger (just completed PhD at CGU) and Stephanie Clayton (USC), draws on a four-year study of the last 40 years of education reform in Los Angeles, capturing sweeping changes in American education. The authors argue that while school reformers and education historians have tended to focus on the success or failure of individual initiatives, they have overlooked the fact that, over the past several decades, the institution of public education itself has been transformed. Colorful characters, dramatic encounters, and political skirmishes enliven this rich account of the wrenching transformations that took place in the Los Angeles Unified School District from the 1960s onward.

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. The list of their Outstanding Academic Titles is available in the January 2010 issue.