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Who’s In Charge Here?: The Tangled Web of School Governance and Policy


reviewed by David T. Conley — November 29, 2006

coverTitle: Who’s In Charge Here?: The Tangled Web of School Governance and Policy
Author(s): Noel Epstein (Ed.)
Publisher: Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
ISBN: 0815724713 , Pages: 303, Year: 2006
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The aptly named Who’s In Charge Here? is one of several recent publications that explore what the book’s subtitle describes as “the tangled web of school governance and policy” in U.S. public education (see Conley, 2003; Venezia, Callan, Finney, Kirst, & Usdan, 2005; and Cross, 2006). This edited volume contains chapters by a number of leading thinkers on issues of governance and policy, including Michael Kirst, James Ryan, Paul Hill, Larry Cuban, Susan Fuhrman, Linda Darling-Hammond, Gary Sykes, and Henry Levin. These contributors offer a multi-faceted analysis of a complex phenomenon: the evolution of the system for governing public schools in the United States. Explaining the jumbled and haphazard arrangements Americans have put in place to govern their schools is not a task for the faint of heart. Editor Noel Epstein, a former education editor for the Washington Post, frames the major issues that the uninitiated must understand to make sense... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 29, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12859, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 3:56:05 PM

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  • David Conley
    University of Oregon
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    DAVID CONLEY is Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership and founder and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon. He conducts research on a range of policy issues related to educational governance and systems articulation. His current research emphasizes high school-college transition. His most recent book, College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready, summarizes research he conducted to identify the knowledge and skills necessary for college success.
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