American Public Education Law

reviewed by Richard Fossey - February 22, 2008

coverTitle: American Public Education Law
Author(s): David C. Bloomfield
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820479489, Pages: 153, Year: 2007
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Educational administration as an academic field has been intensely criticized in recent years as a discipline lacking in rigor or focus. Arthur Levine, author of the 2005 study, Educating School Leaders, wrote that collectively, educational administration programs are “the weakest of all the programs at the nation’s education schools” (p. 13). Levine charged that “[t]he typical course of study for the principalship has little to do with the job of being a principal. In fact, it appears to be a nearly random collection of courses” (Levine, 2005, p. 27). As accurate as Levine’s criticisms might be (and a number of commentators agree with him), the discipline of Educational Administration contains at least one coherent and useful area of study within its typical collection of graduate-school courses—the field of education law. In fact, Levine’s report noted that school principals ranked school law highest on a list of typical courses offered in Educational Administration programs... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 22, 2008 ID Number: 15024, Date Accessed: 7/15/2020 4:37:46 AM

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