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Vol. 2 No. 1 (2018): Vol. 2

Districts of Innovation: A Policy Brief of the Latest Effort to Re/Empower Local Control of Texas Public Schools

February 21, 2023


Local school boards have long been considered “a key
mechanism in the mutually dependent relationship
between education and democracy” (Resnick & Bryant,
2008, pg. 2), so much so that local control of public
schools is valued by over half of Americans who believe
that control authority should rest with locally-elected
school boards (Bushaw & Calderon, 2016). Yet, through
decades of standards, accountability and test-reforms
championed as a means for schools to achieve equity
and improve student and teacher performance, local
school boards gradually yielded policy-making discretion
to federal and state legislatures, businesses, and
bureaucracies (Erickson, 2014; Fusarelli, 2009;
Hadderman, 1988).