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ERIC Number: ED170920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Race and Ethnicity as Factors in Winning School Board Elections: Predicting Ethnic Composition of Community School Boards.
Clawar, Harry J.; Levine, Jonathan
In 1969 the New York State Legislature decentralized the New York City Public School System into 32 elected school districts with a limited amount of authority over elementary and junior high schools. The legislation provided for community school boards to be elected by district residents. An analysis of election results in 1975 and 1977 showed that neither the race nor the ethnicity of individual candidates was significantly correlated to winning (see ED 152 951). This document reports on a followup study examining the relationships between the candidates' racial and ethnic backgrounds, the ethnic character of their districts, and their rate of electoral success. The authors found that the percent of candidates from an ethnic group is overwhelmingly correlated to the percent of that ethnic group in the school district population. The percentage of school board seats won by whites tends to be greater than the percentage of white candidates, while blacks and Hispanics tend to win proportionately fewer seats. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York City Board of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)