The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo
Michelle Miller-Adams
First Chapter | Table of Contents

257 pp. 2009
$40.00 cloth 978-0-88099-340-1
$18.00 paper 978-0-88099-339-5

The Promise of Kalamazoo blog by Michelle Miller-Adams

When a group of anonymous donors announced in 2005 that they would send every graduate of this midsized public school district to college for free, few within or outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, understood the magnitude of the gesture. Now, in the first comprehensive account of the Kalamazoo Promise, Michelle Miller-Adams charts its initial impact as well as its potential to bring about fundamental economic and social change in a community hurt by job loss, depopulation, and racial segregation.

"The Kalamazoo Promise is a fascinating experiment with enormous implications for American education. Will the promise of free tuition inspire students to work harder in school? Will it draw more middle class families back into the city's public school system, enriching the learning environment for all? Michelle Miller- Adams provides a superb, thoroughly researched, and highly readable account of this closely watched, groundbreaking venture." –Richard D. Kahlenberg, senior fellow, The Century Foundation, and author of All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools through Public School Choice