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A Democratic Constitution for Public Education

Paul T. Hill and Ashley E. Jochim


The book focuses on governance of K-12 public schools. Governance – the work of institutions that set the rules under which schools must operate – can protect children and prevent misuse of public funds, but it can also prevent teachers and principals from doing their best for children. There are proposals to simplify governance changing by giving control to mayors, eliminating elected school boards, or eliminating local oversight entirely. This book approaches governance from a new angle: who governs is less important than what powers government has. We propose system of “constitutional” li ... More

Keywords: public schools, governance, democratic, Civic Education Council, unproductive schools, local control, constitutional limits, checks and balances, parents, states, unions, federal government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226200545
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226200712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul T. Hill, author
Research professor, University of Washington Bothel

Ashley E. Jochim, author
Research Analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education