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Who Governs Our Schools: Changing Roles and Responsibilities


reviewed by Paul M. Newton — 2004

coverTitle: Who Governs Our Schools: Changing Roles and Responsibilities
Author(s): David T. Conley
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743321, Pages: 239, Year: 2003
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Standards-based reform has dominated much of the educational discourse in the past few years. At the same time, a corresponding shift in the governance of education in the United States has gone relatively unnoticed. The advent of standards-based reform has had the consequence of moving the locus of educational policy control away from local school districts and elected school boards to policy networks at the federal and state level. This book examines the evolution and causes of the development of the current educational reform regime, then examines the issues and impediments for implementation, implications at the state, district, and school level, and concludes with speculation about possible future directions under the new educational reforms.   Conley argues that “the goals of public education have changed…. policy makers increasingly have been able to agree that education is a tool for national, state, and regional economic development” (p. 66). Prior educational goals were broad, focussing on citizenship education, racial integration, and workforce training for the industrial economy. New standards-based reforms emphasize... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 317-320
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11193, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:16:33 PM

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  • Paul Newton
    University of Saskatchewan
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    PAUL M. NEWTON recently completed his Ph.D. in Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been involved with the Major Collaborative Research Initiative, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada on the development of educational policy in Canada. His recent research focuses on knowledge management and decision-making in school boards and arts-based conceptions of leadership and organizations. His most recent publication is “Leadership lessons from jazz improvisation” in the International Journal of Leadership in Education.
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