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ERIC Number: EJ962947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1245
Community Support for Mayoral Control of Urban School Districts: A Critical Reexamination
Shen, Francis X.
Education and Urban Society, v44 n3 p342-367 May 2012
This article challenges the view that citywide referenda alone are an effective means of ensuring accountability for mayoral control. Through new empirical analysis of the referenda results in Boston and Cleveland, the article shows that rather than establish genuine democratic legitimacy, the referenda in fact mask strong class-based, and in Boston race-based opposition to the reform strategy. The article proceeds as follows. The Literature Review section presents a review of the relevant literatures on mayoral control and issues of urban political representation. The Data and Analytic Framework section discusses the specific hypotheses to be tested, and the data and methodology utilized. The Results section presents the results of the analysis. The Discussion section synthesizes these findings and discusses their implications for the future of urban education policy under the Obama administration. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures and 19 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: Massachusetts; Ohio