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ERIC Number: ED470930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
From the Statehouse to the Classroom: Governing America's Schools. Viewpoints. A Print and Audio Resource for Education Leaders. [Booklet with Audio Compact Discs].
North Central Regional Educational Lab., Naperville, IL.
The role of politics in education is undeniable. It appears as though the influence of governing agents, from the White House to the local school board, is growing. During this time of increased calls for accountability and reform, a growing list of educational mandates is being handed to local education entities--increased use of testing, teacher-proof curricula, and legislation regarding who can and will teach children. For many education leaders at the local district level, the increased demands and prescriptive measures are perceived as hindrances to their work of educating children. Historically, a high value has been placed on localism. Involvement from various political levels is often met with resistance, as was evidenced during the early 20th century when leaders tried to remove schools from politics. If politics is a necessary aspect of education, local education leaders need to understand and embrace the system in a manner that supports their work of educating children. This booklet, with the essay "Is Politics in Education Here To Stay?" (Rhetta L. Detrich with Paul Kimmelman), and accompanying compact discs examine the history, structure, and presence of governance and the politics that arise from governing a system for the common good, plus thoughts on how local leaders can work within a political system. (Contains 20 references and 2 compact discs.) (RT)
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1120 East Diehl Road, Suite 200, Naperville, IL 60563. Tel: 630-649-6500; Tel: 800-356-2735 (Toll Free); Fax: 630-649-6700; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Naperville, IL.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Audio compact discs are not available from ERIC.