ERIC Number: ED454340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Mayoral Takeover: The Different Directions Taken in Different Cities.
Kirst, Michael W.; Bulkley, Katrina E.
This paper examines the underlying political and institutional theories that policymakers are embracing as they approve of new mayoral takeovers of public schools, discussing what has fostered this recent governance change that reverses the century-old progressive effort to remove mayors from school governance. Some of the reasons for mayoral takeover include bureaucratic dysfunction, decreasing faith in urban school boards, a push toward accountability, and new demands placed on mayors and urban governments as a result of diminished federal funds for urban areas and changing urban coalitions. Some of the different models being used in cities around the U.S. are described. The paper also examines reasons why policymakers in Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois, as well as in other cities, have been interested in giving more power to mayors. Finally, the paper examines some of the early changes that resulted from the governance changes in Boston and Chicago and discusses the future of mayoral control. (Contains 32 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.; National Inst. on Educational Governance, Finance, Policymaking, and Management (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
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