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Hope or Hype in Harlem? City Limits Magazine

Hope or Hype in Harlem? City Limits Magazine

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Founded by a committed advocate for low-income children, nurtured by the politically powerful and Wall Street titans, and lauded by media around the world, the Harlem Children's Zone has raised a nation's hopes.

The Obama administration wants to use Geoffrey Canada's model for a nationwide antipoverty plan. But what is really known about the success of the Zone?

Is there enough evidence to base a larger initiative around it? Are other cities capable of developing their own versions of the Harlem Miracle? In March 2010 issue City Limits was first to provide an in-depth evaluation of the program that inspired the federal government's most innovative poverty-fighting initiative in decades and the movie Waiting for Superman.
Founded by a committed advocate for low-income children, nurtured by the politically powerful and Wall Street titans, and lauded by media around the world, the Harlem Children's Zone has raised a nation's hopes.

The Obama administration wants to use Geoffrey Canada's model for a nationwide antipoverty plan. But what is really known about the success of the Zone?

Is there enough evidence to base a larger initiative around it? Are other cities capable of developing their own versions of the Harlem Miracle? In March 2010 issue City Limits was first to provide an in-depth evaluation of the program that inspired the federal government's most innovative poverty-fighting initiative in decades and the movie Waiting for Superman.

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Hope orHype inHarlem?
Plus:
• Who’s Afraid of Charter Schools?• Commitment, Connections and Cash• Going Local Goes National• A Modest ‘Miracle• Read. Tink. Do.
Vol. 34, No. 1March 2010
 WWW.CITYLIMITS.ORG
From Oprah to PresidentObama, people think GeoreyCanada's Harlem Children'sZone has ound the way or America to fght poverty.There's just one question:Does it work?
 
 Above:
Christine Valentin, a student in Kelly Downing andPatrice Ward’s ninth grade English class at Harlem Children’sZone’s Promise Academy I. Photo by Alice Proujansky.
THE LOOK 
 
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Vol. 34, No. 1March 2010
CONTENTS
Is the Promise Real? 4
Te Harlem Childrens Zone becomesa template or national change
By Helen Zelon / Photographs by Alice Proujansky 
 
The Man of the Hour 5
“We will fnd the moneyto do this because we can’t aord not to.” 
The Great Escape 9
“I you hit 65 percent o the population, that’s thetipping point.” 
Shaping Success 16
“Failure is not permitted,because unding is tied tosuccess, not ailure.” 
 
Going National 25
“We are so desperate or anylittle inkling o success ” 
 An Act of Faith 34
So you and I, we must succeed … in this crusade,this holy deed.” 
Canada’s Provinces 10
 An inventory o the Harlem Children’s Zone’s initiatives
By Maria Muentes
In the Zone 13
Te physical ootprint o the Harlem Children’s Zone
The Charter Challenge 17
Te pros and conicts o a schooling revolution
By Helen Zelon
Charting a Course 21
 A timeline o Harlem’s charter schools
By Samia Shaf
Test Pattern 22
How Harlem’s “miracle” really ranks
Taking It Local 26
 Anti-poverty programs beyond the Zone
By Rachel Dodakian
Making Connections 30
Powerul riends, deep pockets and the HCZ 
By Maria Muentes and Jarrett Murphy 
HomeWork 38ExtraExtra 42
City Limits
is published bi-monthly by the Community Service Society o New York (CSS).
City Limits
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