Discrimination in US Public Schools Term Paper by Nicky

Discrimination in US Public Schools
A look at issues of discrimination in US public schools.
# 149616 | 1,441 words | 12 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 26, 2011 in Education (Administration)

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This paper examines various issues involving discrimination in the US public school system, with an emphasis on financial discrimination. The paper explores how financial decisions are made at local and national levels as they relate to school budgets. This is particularly controversial when considering the imbalance between schools in richer versus poorer districts. The paper further considers how financial management in schools is becoming decentralized and the problems this entails. Various scholars and their outlooks on this issue are cited in a brief literature review. The paper concludes by stating that current financial disparity is not the problem but rather the lack of coordination among the educational stakeholders and authority and responsibility delegated to these stakeholders is where the true issue are to be found.


Scholarly Work that Aims to Resolve this Financial Discrimination

From the Paper:

"If schools do not receive adequate funds for managing school expenses then the entire public schooling system in poorer districts is doomed for failure. Frequent disagreements are witnessed in the school councils about where the resources should be spent. Both teachers and principals have additional burdens of satisfying the community members. Conflict prevails over concord and the system is near collapse. Weiler (1990) argues that decentralization of decision making authority has served two broad purposes. First, it has made way for certain socio-economic arrangements where the political leadership at the top can be blamed for lower student achievements no more. Secondly, it has increased the propensity to settle complex educational issues through conflict management strategies and tactics (Weiler, 1990). Whether the principals and teachers of schools, that receive inadequate funds, are capable of managing conflict and satisfying community members remains to be seen."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen, L. (1993). The role of voice in shared governance: A case study of a primary school. University of Georgia, Athens. In J. Blase, & J. Blase. The fire is back! Principals sharing school governance. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, Inc.
  • Bredeson, P. V. (1989). Redefining leadership and the roles of school: Responses to changes in the professional work life of teachers. High School Journal, 23 (1), 9-20.
  • Fullan, M.G. (1993). Innovation, reform, and restructuring strategies. In Challenges and achievements of American education: The 1993 ASCD yearbook, 116-33. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
  • Hanushek, Eric A., and L. Woessmann (2007). The Role of Education Quality for Economic Growth. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Number 4122, World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Hill, P.T. (2006). Put learning first: A portfolio approach to public schools. Policy Report. Progressive policy institute.

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