Community Engagement for Better Schools

Guaranteeing Accountability, Representativeness and Equality

Authors: Guo-Brennan, Michael

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  • Discusses the role of local communities and civic engagement in school improvement in the US
  • Examines education policy at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Analyzes the school choice movement and competition between schools
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In the United States, government participation in education has traditionally involved guaranteeing public access, public funding, and public governance to achieve accountability, representativeness and equality. This volume discusses the role of broad regimes of local community actors to promote school improvement through greater civic engagement. Taking a historical perspective, this text examines the relationship between government at the federal, state, and local level and local actors both inside the traditional education regime and those stakeholders outside the schools including parents, non-profit organizations, and businesses. It then drills deeper into the role of state legislatures and finally local leadership both inside and outside the schools to promote change, focusing on efforts that include parental choice through tax incentives, charter schools, magnet schools, and school vouchers to achieve accountability, representativeness and equality.

The text examines the perceptions and relationships of various actors in urban education reform in numerous cities across the country with special attention dedicated to Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin to offer a deeper understanding of the barriers to and opportunities for fostering greater civic capacity and engagement in urban education reform, as well as developing inclusive educational policy.

Attention is also given to accountability and measuring success, traditionally defined by high stakes testing which fails to consider non-classroom factors within the community that contribute to student performance.  An alternative approach is offered driven by a wholistic accounting of various factors that contribute to school success centered around third-party inspections and accreditation.

Providing insight into school reform at the local level, this book will be useful to researchers and students interested in public policy, education policy, urban governance, intergovernmental relations, and educational leadership, as well as teaching professionals, administrators, and local government officials.

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Michael Guo-Brennan is an Assistant Professor of public administration in the Department of Political Science at Troy University in Alabama (US).

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Community Engagement for Better Schools
Book Subtitle
Guaranteeing Accountability, Representativeness and Equality
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54038-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54038-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54037-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 291
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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