Challenging the One Best System

Challenging the One Best System The Portfolio Management Model and Urban School Governance

Katrina E. Bulkley, Julie A. Marsh, Katharine O. Strunk, Douglas N. Harris, and Ayesha K. Hashim
paper, 312 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-570-7
Price: $35.00

Add to Cart

cloth, 312 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-571-4
Price: $66.00

Add to Cart

In Challenging the One Best System, a team of leading education scholars offers a rich comparative analysis of the set of urban education governance reforms collectively known as the “portfolio management model.” They investigate the degree to which this model—a system of schools operating under different types of governance and with different degrees of autonomy—challenges the standard structure of district governance famously characterized by David Tyack as “the one best system.”


A very deep dive into the implementation and theories of action that can enhance or deflate a new vision of the basic structure of the United States school system. — Michael W. Kirst, professor emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Education

More Less

About the Authors

Katrina E. Bulkley is professor of educational leadership at Montclair State University. Julie A. Marsh is a professor of education policy at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and faculty director of Policy Analysis for California Education. Katharine O. Strunk is a professor of education policy and, by courtesy, economics and the Clifford E. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Education at Michigan State University. Douglas N. Harris is professor and chair of the Department of Economics and the Schlieder Foundation Chair in Public Education at Tulane University. Ayesha K. Hashim is assistant professor of policy, leadership, and school improvement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

Education Politics and Policy Series

Other books in Education Policy

Beyond Standards

Morgan Polikoff

Other books in Education Policy

Other books in Education Policy