Education Mayor: Improving America's Schools / Edition 2

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A major recent development in education reform is the full or partial takeover of urban school districts by mayors. While the Progressive movement of the last century created independent school boards to provide professional oversight and protection from political exploitation by unscrupulous mayors, a current trend is for mayors to take back control of schools to centralize accountability for public education in an increasingly complex political context.
Yet relatively little is known about what actually happens to school systems and students when mayors assume responsibility. Does mayoral takeover work--do test scores improve, do schools get more resources? What factors can facilitate its success or failure? This book analyzes data on the 100 largest school districts in forty states and looks at the results as well as the broader context of school governance, including financial and organizational operations, use of human capital (especially teachers and and leadership), and public opinion. The authors conclude that mayors are most successful when they integrate school governance into that of the city, focus on student outcomes, and are mindful of timing, critical partnerships, and the need for flexibility.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589011793
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: American Governance and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth K. Wong is Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor in Education Policy and director of the Urban Education Policy Program at Brown University. He is the author of Funding Public Schools: Politics and Policy and coauthor of Successful Schools and Educational Accountability.

Francis X. Shen is a licensed attorney and a doctoral fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dorothea Anagnostopoulos is an assistant professor of teacher education at Michigan State University.

Stacey A. Rutledge is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University.

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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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