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Making the grade: The economic evolution of American school districts

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

University of Chicago Press, Chicago Ill., p.298 (2009)

Call Number:

Cubb LB2817.3 .F57 2009

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8383247

Keywords:

Education--Economic aspects--United States, Educational change--United States--History--20th century, School districts--United States--Finance, School districts--United States--History--20th century

Abstract:

Contents: Introduction: Mobility, property, and community -- Early American land policies and the marvelously efficient one-room school -- Explaining the school district consolidation movement -- "Will I see you in September?" : labor mobility and the standard school calendar -- The economic geography of school districts -- Education reforms and social capital in school districts.

Notes:

"Bill Fischel has done it again. He has taken a set of commonly accepted views about schools and turned them upside down-shattering our simplistic explanations for age-grading in schools, for the September to May school calendar, and for voter disapproval of voucher referenda. His clear and logical development of the interests of citizens and their impact on the geography and organization of schools is compelling. This fascinating book demonstrates the power of some simple economic ideas for organizing our interpretation of the world around us." -- Eric Hanushek, Hoover Institution, Stanford University