Mayors in the Middle: Politics, Race, and Mayoral Control of Urban Schools / Edition 1

Mayors in the Middle: Politics, Race, and Mayoral Control of Urban Schools / Edition 1

by Jeffrey R. Henig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691115079

ISBN-13: 9780691115078

Pub. Date: 11/24/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Desperate to jump-start the reform process in America's urban schools, politicians, scholars, and school advocates are looking increasingly to mayors for leadership. But does a stronger mayoral role represent bold institutional change with real potential to improve big-city schools, or just the latest in the copycat world of school reform du jour? Is it

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Desperate to jump-start the reform process in America's urban schools, politicians, scholars, and school advocates are looking increasingly to mayors for leadership. But does a stronger mayoral role represent bold institutional change with real potential to improve big-city schools, or just the latest in the copycat world of school reform du jour? Is it democratic? Why have efforts to put mayors in charge so often generated resistance along racial dividing lines? Public debate and scholarly analysis have shied away from confronting such issues head-on. Mayors in the Middle brings together, for students of education policy and urban politics as well as scholars and school advocates, the most thoughtful and original analyses of the promise and limitations of mayoral takeovers of schools.

Reflecting on the experience of six cities—Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Washington, D.C.—ten of the nation's leading experts on education politics tackle the question of whether putting mayors in charge is a step in the right direction. Through the case studies and the wide-ranging essays that follow and build upon them, the contributors—Stefanie Chambers, Jeffrey R. Henig, Kenneth J. Meier, Jeffrey Mirel, Marion Orr, John Portz, Wilbur C. Rich, Dorothy Shipps, and Clarence N. Stone—begin the process of answering questions critical to the future of inner-city children, the prospects for urban revitalization, and the shape of American education in the years to come.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691115078
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/24/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

List of Contributors ix

PART 1 INTRODUCTION

Chapter One

Mayor-centrism in Context 3

Jeffrey R. Henig and Wilbur C. Rich

PART 2 CASE STUDIES

Chapter Two

Baltimore: The Limits of Mayoral Control 27

Marion Orr

Chapter Three

Chicago: The National "Model" Reexamined 59

Dorothy Shipps

Chapter Four

Boston: Agenda Setting and School Reform in a Mayor-centric System 96

John Portz

Chapter Five

Detroit: "There Is Still a Long Road to Travel, and Success Is Far from Assured." 120

Jeffrey Mirel

Chapter Six

Cleveland: Takeovers and Makeovers Are Not the Same 159

Wilbur C. Rich and Stefanie Chambers

Chapter Seven

Washington, D.C.: Race, Issue Definition, and School Board Restructuring 191

Jeffrey R. Henig

PART 3 THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES

Chapter Eight

Structure, Politics, and Policy: The Logic of Mayoral Control 221

Kenneth J. Meier

Chapter Nine

Mayors and the Challenge of Modernization 232

Clarence N. Stone

Chapter Ten

Concluding Observations: Governance Structure as a Tool, Not a Solution 249

Jeffrey R. Henig and Wilbur C. Rich

Index 267

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