ERIC Number: ED356531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-31
Sacrificing Liberty for Equality: The Erosion of Local Control in American Education.
Johnson, Bob L., Jr.
The local school board has traditionally been the predominant control mechanism for public education in this country. Since the 1970s however, increased legislation and reform in statehouses across the nation have functioned to reduce the discretion enjoyed by local boards. This paper represents an attempt to sketch this increase in state intervention and the resulting erosion of local control over the past few decades. The sketch begins with a theoretical framework that provides an analytical perspective on the nexus between state and local educational policy-making. This is followed by a brief historical overview of local control and an identification of the issues and arguments surrounding local control. Discussions on the future of school board control and possible avenues of research follow. (Contains 88 footnotes and 44 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Occasional paper for the Louisiana LEAD Project.