Education Mayor: Improving America's Schools / Edition 2by Kenneth K. Wong, Francis X. Shen, Dorothea Anagnostopoulos
Pub. Date: 10/28/2007
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
In 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act rocked America's schools with new initiatives for results-based accountability. But years before NCLB was signed, a new movement was already under way by mayors to take control of city schools from school boards and integrate the management of public education with the overall governing of the city. The Education Mayor is a… See more details below
In 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act rocked America's schools with new initiatives for results-based accountability. But years before NCLB was signed, a new movement was already under way by mayors to take control of city schools from school boards and integrate the management of public education with the overall governing of the city. The Education Mayor is a critical look at mayoral control of urban school districts, beginning with Boston's schools in 1992 and examining more than 100 school districts in 40 states.
The authors seek to answer four central questions: • What does school governance look like under mayoral leadership? • How does mayoral control affect school and student performance? • What are the key factors for success or failure of integrated governance? • How does mayoral control effect practical changes in schools and classrooms?
The results of their examination indicate that, although mayoral control of schools may not be appropriate for every district, it can successfully emphasize accountability across the education system, providing more leverage for each school district to strengthen its educational infrastructure and improve student performance. Based on extensive quantitative data as well as case studies, this analytical study provides a balanced look at America's education reform.
As the first multidistrict empirical examination and most comprehensive overall evaluation of mayoral school reform, The Education Mayor is a must-read for academics, policymakers, educational administrators, and civic and political leaders concerned about public education.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Mayoral Governance in Education Gains Prominence
1. The Historical and Political Context of Integrated Governance
2. The New Style Education Mayors
3. Evaluating the Effects of Mayoral Control
4. Integrated Governance as a Strategy to Improve School Performance
5. Considering the Gap between High- and Low- Performing Schools
6. Accountability and Urban High Schools: The Challenge of Improving Instructional Practices
7. Toward Strategic Deployment of Resources
8. The Political Dynamics of Building Public Support for Education
9. Mayorally Governed School Districts as Laboratories of Democracy
Appendix: Achievement Analysis Methodology and Additional Findings for Chapter Four
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