A Democratic Constitution for Public Education
Most reformers focus on who should control education, but Hill and Jochim show that who governs is less important than determining what powers they have. They propose a Civic Education Council—a democratic body subject to checks and balances that would define the boundaries of its purview as well as each school’s particular freedoms. They show how such a system would prevent regulations meant to satisfy special interests and shift the focus to the real task at hand: improving school performance. Laying out the implications of such a system for parents, students, teachers, unions, state and federal governments, and courts, they offer a vision of educational governance that stays true to—and draws on the strengths of—one of the greatest democratic tools we have ever created.
1 Why Governance?
2 What Governance Must Accomplish and Avoid
3 Constitutional Governance
4 Checks and Balances: The Roles of Other Entities
5 School Rights and Obligations
6 Reimagining the Central Office
7 Allocation and Control of Public Funds
8 Enacting the System into Law and Managing the Politics of Implementation
9 What Governance Change Can and Cannot Accomplish