ERIC Number: EJ1061542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Chartering New Waters: The Indianapolis Mayoral Transition and the Charter School Community
Prusinski, Ellen L.; Ruddy, Anne-Maree; Plucker, Jonathan A.; Cierniak, Katherine A.
Educational Policy, v29 n4 p617-644 Jun 2015
As the first mayor in the United States to possess independent charter school authorizing authority, Mayor Bart Peterson oversaw the establishment and expansion of Indianapolis's ambitious charter school initiative. In 2007, Democratic Mayor Peterson's oversight of the initiative came to an end when he was unexpectedly defeated by Republican Gregory Ballard in the mayoral election. Despite this significant change in leadership, the transition between mayors and political parties was accomplished with minimal disruption to the operation of the charter school office, as well as to the schools themselves. Through the use of in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, this study investigates how the transition between administrations was undertaken to ensure continuity for Indianapolis mayor-sponsored charter schools and offers best practices for mayoral transitions. In addition, this study reveals that to provide continuity for charter schools, policies that insulate schools from political change must be developed and charter schools must be viewed apolitically.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Officials, City Government, Administrative Change, Interviews, Stakeholders, Best Practices, Leadership, Politics of Education, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Elections, Political Candidates
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana