Mayors and Schools: Minority Voices and Democratic Tensions in Urban Education

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Temple University Press, 2006 - Education - 229 pages
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This book examines the national trend toward mayoral control of big-city school districts through comparative case studies of Chicago and Cleveland - two school districts that adopted mayoral control during the 1990s. Chambers takes up the question of whether granting control to mayors in major cities will indeed fix public school systems. She finds that although both cities have experienced noteworthy improvements in student performance since mayoral control, the increased centralization of decision-making has reduced minority participation in democratic politics. Chambers argues that this conundrum of improved performance at the cost of decreased minority participation could undermine the very democratic and civic values that schools try to teach. In a concluding chapter, she offers several suggestions for better incorporating minority participation educational decisions, even while centralizing more power in mayors' offices.
 

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Contents

BigCity Mayors and the Politics
25
Politics and Education in
42
Politics and Education in
64
Responsiveness and Community
89
Administrative Accountability to Minority Issues
128
Reform and Measuring Student Improvement
162
Resolving Tensions in Urban Education
187
Interview Questionnaires
197
A short history of drugs in the Netherlands
3
Initial construction and development of the official Dutch
23
Enforcing drug laws in the Netherlands
41
Drugs as a public health problem assistance and treatment
59
Dutch prison drug policy towards an intermediate
75
The development of contemporary drug problems
97
Drug tourists and drug refugees
119
Snacks sex and smack the ecology of the drug trade
145

Notes
209
Index
225
CONTENTS
vii
The development of a legal consumers market
169
The drugrelated crime project in the city of Rotterdam
183
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Stefanie Chambers is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut

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