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Geoff Rips is an education fellow of the Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation and is a former editor of The Texas Observer. He is currently coordinator of the Austin Public Education Foundation in Austin, Texas.
Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant TrailBy Rubén Martínez. Metropolitan Books, 330 pages, $26.00
Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform, by Frederick M. Hess. Brookings Institution Press, 228 pages, $16.95.
The Tracking Wars: State Reform Meets School Policy, by Tom Loveless. Brookings Institution Press, 194 pages, $16.95.
The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards", by Alfie Kohn. Houghton Mifflin Company, 344 pages, $24.00.
Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, Peter Edelman. Houghton Mifflin, 272 pages, $26.00.