ERIC Number: EJ1048465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Exploring the Politics of Differential Resource Allocation: Implications for Policy Design and Leadership Practice
Halverson, Thomas J.; Plecki, Margaret L.
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v14 n1 p42-66 2015
This qualitative case study explores the political and leadership challenges imbedded within the implementation of a district-wide resource reallocation policy. Based on a two-year study of a medium-sized district's efforts to address changing demographics of families in the district and a widening achievement gap, we draw upon concepts from education finance and the politics of policymaking to better understand the strategies used to introduce and implement a differential resource-allocation formula. Leadership strategies are explored, with a focus on anticipated areas of both internal and external "pushback," and a discussion of the cycle of political support for equity-focused policy initiatives.
Descriptors: Resource Allocation, Politics of Education, Leadership Styles, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Educational Policy, School Districts, Achievement Gap, Educational Equity (Finance), Interviews, Observation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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