Outside Money in School Board Elections

Outside Money in School Board Elections The Nationalization of Education Politics

Jeffrey R. Henig, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Sarah Reckhow
cloth, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-283-6
Price: $64.00

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paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-282-9
Price: $33.00

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Outside Money in School Board Elections documents and analyzes the injection of external funding into local elections. Local school board contests have recently become flashpoints of national donor interest. Some observers see this engagement as a needed boost for complacent school districts while others view it as a threat to local democracy.

Praise

Readers can follow the campaign money to discover how new national political actors influence school board elections all over the US. But different local contexts create different local outcomes. This book unearths new insights about the complex external political web confronting local school reform politics. — Michael Kirst, professor emeritus, Stanford, and president, California State Board of Education

‘Follow the money’ proved to be a smart research strategy for Watergate. Henig, Jacobsen, and Reckhow put it to superb use in their study of outside money in school board elections. With great skill this rich study shows that, while external funding is important, it does not totally supplant local political agency. The authors make a strong case that nationalization in education politics is a major trend to follow in all its nuances.
 
— Clarence N. Stone, research professor of political science and public policy, George Washington University

The education reform fervor that inspired elite donors to shell out hundreds of millions also stirred equally intense criticisms about their influence on local politics. Outside Money in School Board Elections will throw a cold glass of reality in the faces of donors and their critics, having everyone rethink the best way to win over local school boards. — Andre Perry, fellow, The Brookings Institution

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About the Authors

Jeffrey R. Henig is a professor of political science and education at Teachers College and professor of political science at Columbia University. Rebecca Jacobsen is an associate professor of education politics and policy in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Sarah Reckhow is an associate professor of political science at Michigan State University.


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