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ERIC Number: ED525638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 304
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-2262-5130-1
ISSN: N/A
Making the Grade: The Economic Evolution of American School Districts
Fischel, William A.
University of Chicago Press
A significant factor for many people deciding where to live is the quality of the local school district, with superior schools creating a price premium for housing. The result is a "race to the top," as all school districts attempt to improve their performance in order to attract homebuyers. Given the importance of school districts to the daily lives of children and families, it is surprising that their evolution has not received much attention. In this provocative book, William Fischel argues that the historical development of school districts reflects Americans' desire to make their communities attractive to outsiders. The result has been a standardized, interchangeable system of education not overly demanding for either students or teachers, one that involved parents and local voters in its governance and finance. Innovative in its focus on bottom-up processes generated by individual behaviors rather than top-down decisions by bureaucrats, "Making the Grade" provides a new perspective on education reform that emphasizes how public schools form the basis for the localized social capital in American towns and cities. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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