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ERIC Number: EJ1002912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
School Board Leadership and Policymaking in Changing Political Environments
Frankenberg, Erica; Diem, Sarah
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v45 n2 p117-142 Jun 2013
As the demographic make-up of public schools (and neighborhoods) shift and schools become increasingly segregated, the role of school boards becomes critically important in maintaining policies designed to remedy segregation and promote equal opportunity, policies which may challenge the status quo. Specifically, in school districts and communities where politics are fluctuating, longstanding diversity policies that have assisted in creating integrated learning environments can be overturned by a single school board election. Further, as suburbanization within countywide school districts creates distinct enclaves--where student populations are significantly whiter and more affluent than the district as a whole and political fragmentation is perpetuated--school board members representing elite enclaves may be less supportive of policies that would lessen the privilege of these residents. This paper explores school board leadership and policymaking in two Southern school districts where politics are currently in flux: Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky and Wake County (Raleigh), North Carolina. Specifically, we seek to: (1) understand how demographic change--particularly the creation of suburban enclaves--influences public support for and implementation of integration policies; (2) examine the politics of diversity in a larger environment skeptical of race-conscious policies; and (3) analyze local policymaking and leadership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; North Carolina