Panel: School District Politics: Linking Race, Policy, and Outcomes
(Politics, Media, and the Policy Process)

Thursday, November 8, 2018: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Taft - Mezz Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Chairs:  Stéphane Lavertu, The Ohio State University
Discussants:  Deven Carlson, University of Oklahoma

The Democratic Deficit in Local Education Governance
Vladimir Kogan1, Stéphane Lavertu1 and Zachary Peskowitz2, (1)The Ohio State University, (2)Emory University

At-Large Elections Revisited: The Contingent and Causal Effects of Reform on Local Minority Representation
Carolyn Abott, The Ohio State University and Asya Magazinnik, Princeton University

How Does Minority School Board Representation Affect School District Administration and Student Achievement?
Zachary Peskowitz1, Vladimir Kogan2 and Stéphane Lavertu2, (1)Emory University, (2)The Ohio State University

Education reformers often characterize the democratic governance of local school districts as problematic. Yet, there is little empirical research on school district politics—particularly as compared to the volume of research on school choice policies intended to correct or bypass these politics. The Education Governance and Accountability Project (EGAP)—funded by a Lyle Spencer Research Award from the Spencer Foundation—is collecting over ten years of panel data on school politics across all districts in twenty states and will make these data publicly available to researchers in order to improve our understanding of district politics and their impact on administration and educational outcomes. This panel features four papers from project team members that examine issues of race and representation in school district governance across a number of states.