Professor Cally Waite
In addition to the Tyack reading, it will be helpful for you to take a look at Adele Shaw's article, "The True Character of New York Public Schools," excerpted in Hoffman's Woman's "True" Profession.
The Web site at http://newdeal.feri.org/teach/ has a number of primary sources that provide contextual information about New York City's public schools. These resources set the parameters within which you will work. In other words, you can't simply suggest that all new schools be buil to compensate for the rapid growth of the student population. Some issues to consider: the growth of the student population, growth of immigrant population, teacher shortage, labor shortage in factories, and the various constituencies and their needs.
On April 13 your group will have 15 minutes to present a plan for a revamped school system. Your classmates will represent the community of New York City. Their job is to evaluate each plan and offer written feedback. To aid in the evaluation of your plan your group should have an outline/diagram/description of the plan you have created as well as some visual aid(s).
1 In 1896 New York City meant Manhattan and the Bronx. In 1898 the boroughs incorporated.