Raising_the_Curve (5)Journalist Ron Berler, author of Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools, has devoted much of his career to reporting on youth issues. Raising the Curve is the story of Brookside – one of America’s roughly 45,000 failing public schools – and those who populate it: administrators and faculty, students and their parents, the superintendent and local school board. It’s a chronicle of the struggles each of them face over the course of the 2010-11 school term, and of the hard, sometimes regretful choices school personnel are forced to make in order to keep themselves and their school afloat.