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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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Splintered Accountability
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  1. Contents
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Figures
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Part 1
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  1. 1. Introduction
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  1. 2. Autonomy and Scope in Government Agencies
  2. pp. 23-46
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  1. 3. Expectations for Scope-Seeking Agencies
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. Part 2
  2. pp. 55-
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  1. 4. Historical Roots of State Involvement
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. 5. Bringing Them to the Table: Managing Interests
  2. pp. 77-102
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  1. 6. Leading by Example: State Superintendents’ Influence
  2. pp. 103-140
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  1. 7. Making New Friends: Institutional Turnover
  2. pp. 141-164
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  1. Part 3
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  1. 8. The View from the Dome: Legislative Salience
  2. pp. 165-188
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  1. 9. Budgeting for Success
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  1. 10. Conclusions and Implications
  2. pp. 203-216
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  1. Appendix A. Historical Appendix
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. Appendix B. Statistical Appendix
  2. pp. 221-234
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  1. Appendix C. A Note on the Sources
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. Notes
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438430775
Related ISBN
9781438430751
MARC Record
OCLC
643491665
Pages
307
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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