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Handbook of Education Politics and Policy

Edited by: Bruce S. Cooper , James G. Cibulka , Lance D. Fusarelli

Print publication date:  June  2008
Online publication date:  June  2008

Print ISBN: 9780805861112
eBook ISBN: 9780203887875
Adobe ISBN: 9781135595586

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Book description

Written by a mix of established and rising stars in school politics, policy, law, finance, and reform this comprehensive Handbook provides a three part framework that helps organize this relatively new and loosely organized field of study.  A central theme running through the book is how to harness politics to school equity and improvement.

Key features include:

Thematic Discussions – detailed discussions of key topics in educational politics are organized by themes and competing perspectives. The overarching themes are 1) the goals of the U.S. political system (justice, equity, opportunity, efficiency and choice); 2) the means and resources for reaching these goals; and 3) the political behaviors and compromises that seek to mitigate ideological differences and conflicts of interest.

Research Oriented – in addition to summarizing the latest research connected to key topics, each chapter exemplifies and reports on the methods and techniques for further exploration of these topics.

Reform Oriented – throughout the book and especially in the summarizing chapter, authors provide suggestions for improving the political behaviors of key educational groups and individuals: unions, superintendents, politicians, school boards, teachers, and parents.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction: Researching Toward a New Politics of Education Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Federalism, Equity, and Accountability in Education Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Understanding Education Policy Change in the American States: Lessons from Political Science Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Political Cultures in Education at the State and Local Level: Views From Three States Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Understanding School Board Politics: Balancing Public Voice and Professional Power Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Urban Regime Theory and the Reform of Public Schools: Governance, Power, and Leadership Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Judicial Impact on Education Politics and Policies Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Hitting a Moving Target: How Politics Determines the Changing Roles of Superintendents and School Boards Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Beyond Pluralistic Patterns of Power: Research on the Micropolitics of Schools Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Evolving Political Role of Urban Mayors in Education Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Politics of Interest: Interest Groups and Advocacy Coalitions in American Education Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Institutional Agility: Using the New Institutionalism to Guide School Reform Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Religious Faith and Policy in Public Education: A Political and Historical Analysis of the Christian Right in American Schooling Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Ideological and Political Landscape of School Choice Interest Groups in the Post-Zelman Era Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Collective Politics of Teacher Unionism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Feminism and Education Politics: No Longer for Women Only Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Politics, Empirical Evidence, and Policy Design: The Case of School Finance and the Costs of Educational Adequacy Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Shifting Notion of “Publicness” in Public Education Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Politics of Coordinated Services for Children: Interinstitutional Relations and Social Justice Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Excellence versus Equity: Political Forces in the Education of Gifted Students Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Politics of (De)Segregation Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Towards a New Political Leadership Praxis in the Rescaled Space of Urban Educational Governance Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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