Handbook of Education Politics and Policy

ISBN-10: 0805861122

ISBN-13: 9780805861129

Edition: 2008

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Description: Written by a mix of established and rising stars in school politics, policy, law, finance, and reform this comprehensive handbook provides a 3-part framework that helps organize this relatively new and loosely organized field of study. Part 1 examines the macro-level (structural and institutional) backdrop to our educational system: democracy, federalism, political parties and elections. Part 2 examines the micro-level political behaviors and cultural influences operating within schools and among interest groups, and Part 3 looks at the major ideological and philosophical positions that frame discussions of educational equity and excellence. A central theme running through the book is how to harness politics to school equity and improvement. Key features include... Thematic Discussions - detailed discussions of key topics in educational politics are organized by themes and competing perspectives. The overarching themes are 1) the goals of the U.S. political system (justice, equity, opportunity, efficiency andchoice); 2) the means and resources for reaching these goals; and 3) the political behaviors and compromises that seek to mitigate ideological differences and conflicts of interest. Research Oriented - in addition to summarizing the latest research connected to key topics, each chapter exemplifies and reports on the methods and techniques for further exploration of these topics. Reform Oriented - throughout the book and especially in the summarizing chapter, authors provide suggestions for improving the political behaviors of key educational groups and individuals: unions, superintendents, politicians, school boards, teachers, and parents. It is hoped that an understanding of political goals, governance processes and policy outcomes may contribute to ongoing reform.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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Preface: The Need for a Politics of Education Handbook
Editors
Contributors
Introduction: Researching Toward a New Politics of Education
Federal, State, and Local Politics of Education
Federalism, Equity, and Accountability in Education
Understanding Education Policy Change in the American States: Lessons from Political Science
Political Cultures in Education at the State and Local Level: Views from Three States
Understanding School Board Politics: Balancing Public Voice and Professional Power
Urban Regime Theory and the Reform of Public Schools: Governance, Power, and Leadership
Judicial Impact on Education Politics and Policies
Hitting a Moving Target: How Politics Determines the Changing Roles of Superintendents and School Boards
Beyond Pluralistic Patterns of Power: Research on the Micropolitics of Schools
The Evolving Political Role of Urban Mayors in Education
Interest Groups and Institutional Effects on Educational Politics
Politics of Interest: Interest Groups and Advocacy Coalitions in American Education
Institutional Agility: Using the New Institutionalism to Guide School Reform
Religious Faith and Policy in Public Education: A Political and Historical Analysis of the Christian Right in American Schooling
The Ideological and Political Landscape of School Choice Interest Groups in the Post-Zelman Era
The Collective Politics of Teacher Unionism
The Politics of Equity and Excellence
Feminism and Education Politics: No Longer for Women Only
Politics, Empirical Evidence, and Policy Design: The Case of School Finance and the Costs of Educational Adequacy
The Shifting Notion of "Publicness" in Public Education
The Politics of Coordinated Services for Children: Interinstitutional Relations and Social Justice
Excellence versus Equity: Political Forces in the Education of Gifted Students
The Politics of (De)Segregation
Towards a New Political Leadership Praxis in the Rescaled Space of Urban Educational Governance
Index
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