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Drawing upon democratic theory and the results of field research, Kathryn McDermott contends that the American educational system can be made more democratic by centralizing control over funding while decentralizing most authority over schools to the level of schools themselves.
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"McDermott presents an interesting and refreshing approach to reconciling equity and local control considerations."--Political Science Quarterly
"This book ties together critical issues relating to educational equity, citizen participation, and federalism--issues that most other analyses of what ails American schools treat independently, if at all."--Jeffrey R. Henig, author of Rethinking School Choice
"A fine and important book with great virtues. The subject is important, understudied, and topical. Most of the previous studies are twenty or more years old, and during that time, school politics has changed in significant ways. McDermott writes very clearly, and her recommendations are thoughtful, well-grounded, and constructive. Any scholar of educational policy or practice and any scholar of local governance will benefit greatly from reading this book."--Jennifer L. Hochschild, author of Facing Up to the American Dream: Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nation
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