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ERIC Number: ED594107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Mar
Pages: 240
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-68253-283-6
Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics
Henig, Jeffrey R.; Jacobsen, Rebecca; Reckhow, Sarah
Harvard Education Press
"Outside Money in School Board Elections" documents and analyzes the injection of external funding into local elections. Local school board contests have recently become flashpoints of national donor interest. Some observers see this engagement as a needed boost for complacent school districts while others view it as a threat to local democracy. Drawing on a detailed study of elections in five districts (Bridgeport, Connecticut, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and New Orleans), the authors explore what happens when national issues percolate downward into local politics. They suggest that the involvement of wealthy individuals and national organizations in local school board elections are signs of the nationalization of local education politics that potentially have significant implications for equity and democracy. "Outside Money in School Board Elections" brings attention back to local participation and the diversity of players at that level, and highlights the national trend of increasing wealth inequality and its impact on the politics of education. This cross-case investigation demonstrates that local and national education politics are not separate fields but closely intertwined areas of political advocacy with complex interactions.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Colorado (Denver); Indiana (Indianapolis); California (Los Angeles); Louisiana (New Orleans)
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