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When Mayors Take Charge: School Governance in the City


reviewed by Peter Eisinger — July 07, 2009

coverTitle: When Mayors Take Charge: School Governance in the City
Author(s): Joseph P. Viteritti, ed.
Publisher: Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
ISBN: 0815790449, Pages: 255, Year: 2009
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Once upon a time decentralization and parent power were the organizational reforms du jour in struggling big city school systems, but in the last decade or so the pendulum has swung toward a governance mode based on centralized authority and professional influence. In at least 15 big cities, including New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Boston, these values are embodied in some form of mayoral control of the school system, a marked departure from the historic pattern in the United States of independent school districts governed by elected boards. Joseph Viteritti’s edited volume, commissioned a year or so before the New York state legislature had to consider renewing the law authorizing mayoral control of the New York City schools, is a fine stock-taking collection of papers that not only explore the arguments for and against this mode of organization but also summarize the specific arrangements and outcomes in New York City,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 07, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15708, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 9:13:45 AM

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  • Peter Eisinger
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    PETER EISINGER is the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Affairs at the Milano School of Urban Management and Policy at the New School. He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin and Wayne State University. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles on race in urban politics, economic development, hunger in the United States, and the city in the federal system.
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