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ERIC Number: ED068376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-5
Pages: 51
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The Structuring of Political Processes in Suburban School District Government.
O'Shea, David
A model of the key processes of the political system of school-district government and a report of some of the findings generated by application of the model to the comparative study of 15 elementary school districts in the Chicago suburban area are presented here. It is hypothesized that, after controlling for variation in community expectations for educational services, and ability to pay, districts differing in levels of local resource utilization will exhibit characteristic variations in the structuring of political-system processes relating school boards to their constitutents. The paper also examines what structures undertake the processes relating school boards to their constitutents and how socioeconomic-status differences among districts affect the structuring of political processes. Among the findings, it is noted that referendum is an important process through which community expectations and ability to pay find ultimate expression within school district government and that higher-status communities are more likely to effectively institutionalize a caucus for the recruitment of school board members. The study also identified distinctive patterns of board-community relations in districts differing in levels of local resource utilization. (GC)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 5, 1972