ERIC Number: ED460232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
School Leadership in a Market Setting: The Influence of Private Scholarships on Educational Leadership in Urban Schools. Policy Research Report.
St. John, Edward P.; Ridenour, Carolyn S.
This study used qualitative methods to examine the influence of a privately funded scholarship program (PFSP) on strategic adaptations within urban public and private schools in a major metropolitan area. Interviews were conducted with principals during the base year before the introduction of the PFSP and in the first year of the scholarship program. Results revealed that public schools moved rapidly to develop distinctive school missions that provided market niches and choice for parents. Private schools worked to recruit low-income students and to influence program donors to give scholarships to low-income students already enrolled in private schools. Private schools began to explore ways of adapting curricula and services to meet the learning needs of more diverse students. However, public school administrators were caught in the middle, between the mandates of boards and central administrators and the resistance of teachers and the bureaucratic nature of the education system. This tension impeded their capacity to adapt to the new market-oriented environment. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Private Financial Support, Private Schools, Public Schools, Scholarships, School Choice, Urban Schools
Indiana Education Policy Center, Smith Research Center, Suite 170, 2805 East Tenth Street, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698. Tel: 812-855-1240; Fax: 812-855-0240; Web site: http://www.indiana.edu/~iepc. For full text: http://www.indiana.edu/~iepc/PRINCIPALS.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Education Policy Center.
Note: Also supported by the Walton Family and D & D Foundations.