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ERIC Number: EJ983075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
Precursors to Policy Innovation: How Tennessee Entered Race to the Top
Finch, Maida A.
Peabody Journal of Education, v87 n5 p576-592 2012
This article examines the education policy environment in Tennessee that preceded a comprehensive reform bill enacted to enhance the state's Race to the Top application. Through interviews with key policymakers in Tennessee, I describe how recent reform efforts undertaken at the state level positioned Tennessee as a strong contender for the Race to the Top funding. My analysis is framed by Mazzoni's (1991) conceptualization of precursors to policy innovation, and my findings reframe this theory to include an additional stimulus for major change. In doing so, I renew attention to education policymaking initiated at the state level and offer an expanded explanation for the political context that precipitates innovation. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee