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110 Livingston Street

reviewed by Nancy Bordier 1969

coverTitle: 110 Livingston Street
Author(s): David Rogers
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Sociologist David Rogers' study of education politics in New York City is a major contribution to the growing body of literature about education decision making in American public school systems. His main thesis is that recent school controversies in the city stem from "bureaucratic pathology" within the school system, particularly the impotence of the lay board and superintendent, contrasted with the rebelliousness of the system's professional staff which is comprised of powerful veto groups. He documents rather convincingly the extent to which implementation of desegregation policies drawn up by the lay board in the last decade was obstructed by headquarters and field administrators. Rogers concludes that the system is leaderless, undercontrolled (from the point of view of policy formation, not administration which is characterized by mountainous red-tape) and unresponsive to its clients' demands. His policy recommendations include far-reaching decentralization of decision-making powers from the central Board of Education to local... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 8, 1969, p. 787-790
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1934, Date Accessed: 7/18/2018 8:17:05 PM

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