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ERIC Number: ED509592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
The Diffusion of Governance Reform in American Public Education: An Event History Analysis of State Takeover and Charter School Laws
Wong, Kenneth K.; Langevin, Warren E.
National Research and Development Center on School Choice (NJ1)
The political tradition of local school governance predates the existence of the United States. Yet the most prominent mechanisms for the exercise of local discretion have evolved considerably from their colonial origins in response to the changing political climate of the nation, constituent demands, and legislative innovation. Recognizing the distinctive role of local political forces in state education policymaking, this article examines the diffusion of local governance reform as national policymakers redefined the terms of state policy leadership under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Through a discrete event history model using the complementary log-log function and cubic spline representation of time, we test the national influence and ideological distance hypotheses for charter school laws and state takeover reform. Our statistical results show clear differences in the respective number of significant determinants and explanatory power for those predicted relationships within each policy initiative. Appended are: (1) Variable Measurement and Data Sources; and (2) Descriptive Statistics. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Research and Development Center on School Choice
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act