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Battling Corruption in America’s Public Schools

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$28.50 • £22.95 • €25.50

ISBN 9780674017542

Publication Date: 03/31/2005

Academic Trade

288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

4 diagrams, 3 tables


  • List of Tables and Diagrams
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Corruption and the Future of America’s Great City Schools
  • I. The Pathology: Laying the Record Bare
    • 1. Public Education as Big Business
    • 2. Charting Corruption, Waste, and Abuse
    • 3. Where the Money Goes
    • 4. The Toll on Education
  • II. The Remedies Tried: The Frenzied Search for Accountability
    • 5. The Quest for Accountability
    • 6. The Centralization Mess
  • III. The Diagnosis: Getting to the Root Causes
    • 7. Toward a Theory of School Waste and Fraud
    • 8. Watching the Pennies but Missing the Millions
    • 9. The Cost of Managerial Paralysis
    • 10. Creative Noncompliance: Informal Power Networks
    • 11. When Anticorruption Machinery Breeds Corruption
  • IV. The Wrong Medication: How Not to Fix the Problem
    • 12. Lessons from Local Political School Control
    • 13. Lessons from Bureaucratic Autonomy
    • 14. Lessons from Resistance to Reform
  • V. The Prescription: How to Fix the Problem
    • 15. Establishing Independent Inspectors General
    • 16. Removing the Dominant Coalition
    • 17. Transforming Entire Districts into Charter School Districts
    • 18. The Model of Edmonton, Canada
    • 19. Loosened Top-Down Controls and Trust
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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