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ERIC Number: ED509593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 47
When Mayors Use School Choice as a Reform Strategy
Wong, Kenneth K.; Shen, Francis X.; Pachucki, Lauren M.
National Research and Development Center on School Choice (NJ1), Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, Apr 7-11, 2006)
All political scientists who study education policy start their analysis with a similar premise: "educational reform does not take place in political vacuum." Studies of the politics of school choice have focused primarily on state-level political dynamics. This line of research makes sense since the charter school market is initially created and subsequently altered by the state legislature. In this paper, however, the authors break from this trend and focus their attention on "local" government and the politics of school choice. Specifically, they examine the relationship between school choice and big city mayors. Their preliminary analysis finds that mayoral positions on school choice is influenced not only the existing legislation governing school choice in their city, but also by their city's size and racial composition. (Contains 5 tables and 65 footnotes.)
National Research and Development Center on School Choice. Available from: National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University, Box 459 GPC, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Tel: 615-322-8107; Fax: 615-322-8828; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Research and Development Center on School Choice
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Massachusetts; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania