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The Fight for Local Control: Schools, Suburbs, and American Democracy

Campbell F. Scribner


Throughout the twentieth century, local control of school districts was one of the most contentious issues in American politics. As state and federal regulation attempted to standardize public schools, conservatives defended local prerogative as a bulwark of democratic values. Yet their commitment to those values was shifting and selective. This book demonstrates how, in the decades after World War II, suburban communities appropriated legacies of rural education to assert their political autonomy and in the process radically changed educational law. The account unfolds on the metropolitan fri ... More

Keywords: American politics, rural education, educational law, school consolidation, educational bureaucracy, local school boards, local control, school districts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501700804
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Campbell F. Scribner, author
Ohio Wesleyan University