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Chapter FourStructure: School Organization and Process in a Time of Change

In the fall of 2012 the great plains of the Midwest were gripped in an almost biblical drought. I drove for days past fields of stubble corn and heard on the radio that the water levels of the Mississippi were so low that barges had to take turns going upriver and down through the narrowing channels. I left St. Louis late one afternoon with the long drive to Chicago ahead of me, waving off directions from my school hosts, trusting in the efficiency of my GPS . . . which sent me on an almost endless slog through stop signs and boarded-up neighborhoods north of downtown. Finally, with the setting sun already in my rearview window and a six-hour drive ahead, I crossed ...

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