The Transformation of Great American School Districts

The Transformation of Great American School Districts How Big Cities Are Reshaping Public Education

Edited by William Lowe Boyd, Charles Taylor Kerchner, and Mark Blyth
cloth, 213 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-93-9
Price: 59.95

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paper, 213 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-92-2
Price: 29.95

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In The Transformation of Great American School Districts, William Lowe Boyd, Charles Taylor Kerchner, and Mark Blyth argue that urban education reform can best be understood as a long process of institutional change, rather than as a series of failed projects. They examine the core assumptions that underlay the Progressive Era model of public education—apolitical governance, local control, professional hierarchy, and the logic of confidence—and show that recent developments in school governance have challenged virtually all of these assumptions.

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The Transformation of Great American School Districts provides fascinating portraits of the governance changes now occurring in America’s major urban school systems, along with a trenchant discussion of the extent to which these changes signal a new direction for American education. The book will make a strong contribution to research on the politics of education in the United States and shows the promise of applying insights from the new institutionalism to research on educational governance. — Brian Rowan, Burke A. Hinsdale Collegiate Professor in Education and Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

An important analysis of the evolution of urban education and some provocative ideas about what might be next. Whether your interest is urban schools or American education more generally, you’ll learn from this book. — Andrew J. Rotherham , Co-Director of Education Sector, Member of the Virginia Board of Education, and Author of Eduwonk.com

This cogent collection employs a cultural/historical lens to assess the challenges communities face in their decades-long struggles to transform failing urban school systems. These groundbreaking reflections make a persuasive case for devoting more attention to the political, cultural, and social dimensions of district reinvention—an endeavor that is often treated as a technical challenge alone. — Warren Simmons, Executive Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform

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About the Editors

William Lowe Boyd is Batschelet Chair Professor of Educational Leadership at the Pennsylvania State University and editor of the American Journal of Education.

Charles Taylor Kerchner is research professor at Claremont Graduate University.

Mark Blyth is associate professor of political science at the Johns Hopkins University and the author of Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century.


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