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Many view policy as a normative instrument from which improved practice directly follows. This view leads to the erroneous conclusion that resources do not matter. Resources do not enact themselves. What does matter is resource use. In the account offered here, the district superintendent presented many resources in his plan for district reform. Remarkably, his reform plan lacked provisions for teacher professional development. From an equity standpoint, the superintendent's lack of a professional development plan may exacerbate achievement disparities. Without such a mechanism, I believe that resources in the district will be squandered and that school stakeholders and observers will continue to conclude erroneously that resources do not matter.

Keywords: resources; school reform; teacher professional development

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-06-01

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