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ERIC Number: EJ789990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 35
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
The Passage of Education Citizen Initiatives: Evidence from California
Bali, Valentina A.
Educational Policy, v22 n3 p422-456 2008
In recent years, many critical education policy reforms across the American states have been attempted through citizen ballots. This study examines citizens' voting behavior on three salient education initiatives proposed in California. Analyses of exit poll data indicate that voting on education initiatives is greatly influenced by ideological predispositions, self-interest, and racially based incentives. Local school districts' conditions become more influential once we examine voting separately across racial groups. These voting strategies suggest that the path of education reform through citizen initiatives will be much susceptible to ideological and demographic currents. (Contains 4 tables and 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 13 (California 1978); Proposition 227 (California 1998)