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Balancing Local Control and State Responsibility for K-12 Education

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This book examines the impact of state activism on local school autonomy in terms of both financial resources and policy initiatives.

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Table of Contents

- Introduction and Overview Neil D. Theobald and Jeffrey Bardzell

Part 1. Framework for Understanding Local Control of Schools

- Political Philosophy and the Balance Between Central and Local Control of Schools Barry Bull
- The Limits of Standardization and the Importance of Constituencies: Historical Tensions in the Relationship Between State Authority and Local Control Nancy Beadie

- Recent Litigation and its Impact on the State-Local Power Balance: Liberty and Equity in Governance, Litigation, and the School Finance Policy Debate John Dayton

Part 2. State Activism in the Late Twentieth Century

- Converging Forces: Understanding the Growth of State Authority over Education Frances C. Fowler

- State Politics and School Reform: The First Decade of the "Education Excellence" Movement Tim L. Mazzoni

Part 3. Local Autonomy in the Late Twentieth Century

- Creating "A New Set of Givens"? The Impact of State Activism on School Autonomy Betty Malen and Donna Muncey

- Salvaging Fiscal Control: New Sources of Local Revenue for Public Schools Michael F. Addonizio

- Organizational Boundaries, Authority, and School District Organization Patrick Galvin


- Achieving a Just Balance Between Local Control of Schools and State Responsibility for K-12 Education: Summary Observations and Research agendas Betty Malen, Neil D. Theobald, and Jeffrey Bardzell

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