ERIC Number: ED457577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-10
"Somewhere between a Network and a Secret Society": The Cleveland Conference and Elite Policymaking in American Education.
Wiley, Lynne M.
The Cleveland Conference, which dates from 1915, is an annual gathering of leading figures in university schools of education, government, state and city school superintendents, foundations, policy institutes, and education commissions. Growing from its original 4 members to the present 100 limit, and broadening its membership to include a few women and racial minorities, the members meet to discuss issues in education and related fields, and share information in informal and private ways meant to differ from the increasingly large and highly structured professional organization to which its members also belong. The Cleveland Conference embodies the characteristics and serves the functions of an elite organization, as studied and theorized by political sociologists: a closed and self-selected body, confirming and conferring high status, and advancing the careers or interests of its members. Its influence on American educational policy, though diffuse and generally disavowed by the members, takes the following forms: (1) influencing ideas; (2) influencing projects, government programs, and sources of funding; and (3) influencing the career and employment prospects of individuals involved in the policy network. (Contains 60 notes.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).