Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics / Edition 1

Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics / Edition 1

by William G. Howell
     
 

School boards are fighting for their survival. Almost everything that they do is subject to regulations handed down from city councils, state boards of education, legislatures, and courts. As recent mayoral and state takeovers in such cities as Baltimore, Chicago, and New York make abundantly clear, school boards that do not fulfill the expectations of other

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Overview

School boards are fighting for their survival. Almost everything that they do is subject to regulations handed down from city councils, state boards of education, legislatures, and courts. As recent mayoral and state takeovers in such cities as Baltimore, Chicago, and New York make abundantly clear, school boards that do not fulfill the expectations of other political players may be stripped of what few independent powers they still retain. Teachers unions exert growing influence over board decision-making processes. And with the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal government has aggressively inserted itself into matters of local education governance.

B esieged is the first full-length volume in many years to systematically examine the politics that surround school boards. A group of highly renowned scholars, relying on both careful case studies and quantitative analyses, examine how school boards fare when they interact with their political superiors, teachers unions, and the public. For the most part, the picture that emerges is sobering: while school boards perform certain administrative functions quite well, the political pressures they face undermine their capacity to institute the wide-ranging school reforms that many voters and local leaders are currently demanding.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815736837
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Introduction -- by William B. Howell 
2. The Local School District in American Law -- by Richard Briffault
3. School District Consolidation and Student Outcomes: Does Size Matter? -- Christopher R. Berry
4. When Mayors Lead Urban Schools: Assessing the Effects of Mayoral Takeover -- by Kennety K. Wong and Francis X. Shen 
5. Desegregation and School Board Politics: The Limits of Court-Imposed Policy Change -- by Luis Ricardo Fraga, Nick Rodriguez, and Bari Anhalt Erlichson
6. Local School Boards as Authorizers of Charter Schools -- by Paul Teske, Mark Schneider, and Erin Cassese
7. Democratic Accountability in Public Education -- by Christopher R. Berry and William G. Howell
8. Minority Incorporation and Local School Boards -- by Melissa J. Marschall  
9. Electoral Structure and the Quality of Representation on School Boards -- by Kennety J. Meier and Eric Gonzalez Juenke 
10. School House Politics: Expenditures, Interests, and Competition in School Board Elections -- by Frederick M. Hess and David L. Leal
11. Teacher Unions and School Board Elections -- by Terry M. Moe
12. Contextual Influences on Participation in School Governance -- by David E. Campbell
13. The End of Local Politics? -- by Joseph P. Viteritti
14. What School Boards Can and Cannot (or Will Not) Accomplish -- by Jennifer L. Hochschild
Contributors
Index

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