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ERIC Number: ED444251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Can Markets Set Bureaucrats Free? The Effects of School Choice on Teacher Empowerment in the Public Schools.
Hess, Frederick M.; Maranto, Robert; Milliman, Scott
Consideration of choice-based reform in educational governance rests heavily on the assumption that markets will improve school performance. Nonetheless, little empirical research has examined how educational organizations respond to competition. This paper hypothesizes that administrators are likely to respond by adopting governance reforms--particularly decentralization and staff-empowerment measures--advocated by educational reformers. This study further suggests that they are most likely to pursue decentralization when the costs of persuasion and monitoring are low. The study uses data from Arizona to assess the effects of charter-school competition on empowerment in a sample of 87 public schools (959 teachers). Charter-school competition increased teacher empowerment in traditional schools by slight to moderate amounts from 1994-95 (before charter schooling was introduced) to 1997-98, but only in schools where teachers were already somewhat empowered prior to competition. At least in the short run, the effects of charter schooling in public-school governance depend on public-school structure and culture. (Author/DFR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona