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Mayoral Control: A Sensible Start, If Done Sensibly

by Frederick M. Hess - May 28, 2009

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called for mayoral control in urban districts, charging that urban school boards are an obstacle to school improvement and "a huge part of the reason you don't see sustained progress and growth.” Is he right? Sort of. Mayoral control is s sensible first step for these systems, if pursued sensibly. It can facilitate coherent and disciplined leadership, but proposals should address concerns about transparency and be pursued with an eye to the future. Mayoral control is not a remedy in itself; it provides only an opportunity for smart reform.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 28, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15640, Date Accessed: 6/16/2021 7:48:27 AM

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  • Frederick Hess
    American Enterprise Institute
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    FREDERICK M. HESS is director of education policy studies and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His research interests include educational leadership, the politics of education, urban school reform, and educational accountability.
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