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Education, Equity, and the States: How Variations in State Governance Make or Break Reform

Author: Sara E. Dahill-Brown
Date: February 19, 2019
Language: English
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Abstract: Drawing on original research, Sara E. Dahill-Brown highlights three major factors that differ from state to state: the number of districts (fragmentation); the degree to which education governance is separated from other political issues (exceptionalism); and how much state legislation tends to impinge on local autonomy (local control). She examines the historical and political trends that have shaped differences among the states and how they affect the impact of education reforms. By identifying typical patterns in state governance, Dahill-Brown suggests ways to work with varying governance structures to lead to more successful and equitable outcomes.
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Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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