ERIC Number: EJ795213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 38
A Tale of Two Cities: Reality Check on Mayoral Control of Urban School Districts
Burney, Nona M.; Holloway, Bernice E.
International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies, v5 n1 p79-100 Spr 2004
This article represents a preliminary exploration of the impact of mayoral control of two large urban school systems and the legislative changes in school governance and policies--spearheaded by business leaders and politicians--which affect students, teachers, and traditional school leaders in terms of accountability, decision making, and school renewal. Through the voices of university professors who teach in teacher education and administrative preparation programs, and the teachers and administrators who work in these school systems, we challenge a unique governance structure that potentially disenfranchises the "grassroots" of public education, i.e., parents, teachers, school administrators and students. The authors initially employ data drawn from legislative documents and other school reform artifacts of both cities, print media in both cities, the researchers' personal observations while working in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD), teaching graduate courses to CPS teachers and administrators, and from discussions and interviews with CPS teachers and administrators regarding school reform successes and obstacles. The long-term goal is not only to increase the scrutiny of politically motivated educational policy, but to challenge education preparation programs to provide teachers, administrators, and other educational leaders with the tools needed to be successful in their craft, for children's sake, in light of these new governance structures.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, City Government, Public Officials, Public Education, Governance, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Corporations, Role, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Parent Influence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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