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ERIC Number: EJ890457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Paths to Legislation or Litigation for Educational Privilege: New York and San Francisco Compared
Hammack, Floyd M.
American Journal of Education, v116 n3 p371-396 May 2010
Elite public schools must use some method of selecting their students. Given the desirability of this scarce resource, these methods are closely scrutinized. Demographic and other changes in the school districts may make unstable procedures that were deemed successful at one point. This "recurring problem" is the subject of this article, which compares two cities' elite schools and their admissions systems over the past 30 years. Why they have evolved very different systems is the question this article addresses. Emphasis is placed on how local circumstances, events, and prior actions reinforce the path dependency of each city's trajectory. Complex chains of events produced different means of addressing the problems elite public schools produce. In the end, however, these differences do not produce important differences in enrollments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; New York