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ERIC Number: ED177718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
A Partisan Political Organization's Intervention in the Election of a Nonpartisan Board of Education.
Nasstrom, Roy R.
This study examines the effects of partisan political activities on an educational referendum and junior college board of education election. The study focused on the activities of the California Democratic Council, a Democratic organization formed to make political endorsements that could not be made by the party. The election examined was held in six California cities to determine whether a junior college district should be formed and to elect the junior college district's board of education. Data were collected through participant observation of council activities and from minutes, informal conversations with delegates, and newspaper reports. The researcher concluded that party involvement in local educational politics may be based largely on issues extraneous to education. Although there was no evidence that partisan involvement caused a return to patronage or corruption, it did appear that partisanship could gloss over important educational problems and that it may not be superior to nonpartisanship in issue differentiation and aggregation. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; California Democratic Council; Partisan Politics; Political Parties; Referenda
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (Milwaukee, WI, August 1978)