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Splintered Accountability
State Governance and Education Reform
Splintered Accountability
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Arnold F. Shober - Author
SUNY series in Public Policy
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 307 pages
Release Date: April 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3075-2
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3075-1

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Paperback - 307 pages
Release Date: January 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-3076-0
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3076-8

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Detailed study of how real education reform works.

The No Child Left Behind Act declared that improving education in every school in the United States was a top national priority. However, this act did not acknowledge how state departments of education have successfully constructed reforms for the past few decades, despite the power struggle between governors, legislators, school districts, and state boards of education. Drawing upon archival sources, state budget documents, interviews, and statistical analysis, Splintered Accountability amply demonstrates that sustained education reform is best left in the hands of the relatively autonomous state departments of education in order to maintain curriculum standards, school finance, and teacher licensure systems. Comprehensive and successful education reform originates from within state education agencies, propelled by savvy state superintendents.

“…the case studies themselves are lively and well told … the reader will come away with a better appreciation for the politics of state education departments.” ― CHOICE

Arnold F. Shober is Assistant Professor of Government at Lawrence University.



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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Part 1

1. Introduction

2. Autonomy and Scope in Government Agencies

3. Expectations for Scope-Seeking Agencies

Part 2

4. Historical Roots of State Involvement

5. Bringing Them to the Table: Managing Interests

6. Leading by Example: State Superintendents’ Influence

7. Making New Friends: Institutional Turnover

Part 3

8. The View from the Dome: Legislative Salience

9. Budgeting for Success

10.Conclusions and Implications

APPENDIX A
Historical Appendix

APPENDIX B
Statistical Appendix

APPENDIX C
A Note on the Sources

Notes
References
Index


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