When Mayors Take Charge: School Governance in the City by Joseph P. Viteritti

By Joseph P. Viteritti

Large city tuition platforms were the weakest hyperlink in American schooling, using middle-class households into the suburbs whereas contributing mightily to the racial studying hole. Activist mayors in different significant towns have replied via taking keep an eye on in their public faculties. while Mayors Take cost is the main up to date evaluate on hand in this phenomenon. It brings jointly the topic's top specialists to research the criteria and folks using the rage, its achievements and shortcomings, its customers for the longer term, and how you can increase it. half one of many publication assesses the result of mayoral regulate national. the second one part information the adventure in 3 key towns: Boston and Chicago, the foremost prototypes for mayoral keep an eye on, and Detroit, the place mayoral keep an eye on led to catastrophe. the ultimate part offers the 1st in-depth exam of recent York urban, the place the legislation fitting mayoral regulate sunsets in 2009. Viteritti's establishing essay and postscript body the research to make clear the importance and barriers of governance reform. members comprise Clara Hemphill (formerly NewYork Newsday), Jeffrey R. Henig (Columbia University), Michael Kirst (Stanford University), John Portz (Northeastern University), Diane Ravitch (NYU),Wilbur C. wealthy (Wellesley College), Robert Schwartz (Harvard University), Dorothy Shipps (Baruch College), and Kenneth K.Wong (Brown University).

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See Anwar Hussain Syed, The Political Theory of American Local Government (Random House, 1966); Gerald E. Frug, “The City as a Legal Concept,” Harvard Law Review 93 (April 1980): 1057–154; Joseph P. Viteritti and Gerald J. Russello, “Community and American Federalism: Images Romantic and Real,” Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law 4 (Spring 1997): 683–742. 2. See Charles M. Payne, So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2008).

17 I suspect and hope that there is more to come on this important topic. The idea and its implementation are works in progress in need of ongoing study. This book is a marker on that journey. Notes 1. See Anwar Hussain Syed, The Political Theory of American Local Government (Random House, 1966); Gerald E. Frug, “The City as a Legal Concept,” Harvard Law Review 93 (April 1980): 1057–154; Joseph P. Viteritti and Gerald J. Russello, “Community and American Federalism: Images Romantic and Real,” Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law 4 (Spring 1997): 683–742.

Boston and Chicago, as mentioned, were early adopters and have received the most attention. Although New Yorkers might think of their experience as relatively new and still in the testing stage, elsewhere it is widely discussed—usually in positive terms—and now rivals the other two cities as a prominent poster child of the genre. When new mayors in other cities make their pitch for gaining authority over the schools, they are as likely, or more so, to name New York as their model as the other cities.

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