Decision-Making in a Large Urban School System: Detroit
Silver, Thomas Barton
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This thesis is about the politics of education, specifically, the politics of education in Detroit, Michigan. The central question it seeks to answer is: how are educational decisions made in Detroit? Simultaneously, three other seniors at Kalamazoo College are asking precisely the same question about Boston, Pittsburgh and Chicago. It is hoped that the generalizations about the decision-making process in the educational systems of these four cities will contribute to the growing literature on theories of the politics of education. In addition, the theses might well constitute the basis for further research theses by Kalamazoo students interested in the educational/political systems of our large urban centers. So much, then, for the purpose of the following study. Its procedure is equally simple. Three educational decisions were chosen for case studies. They were examined chiefly by means of background reading and interviews. The findings which resulted from this research were tested against several theories of the politics of education. The thesis is structured in three major parts. Part I is a description of the relevant and salient characteristics of the Detroit Public School System. Part II narrates the significant events which comprise the three case studies. Part II analyzes the possible application of various generalizations about the educational decision-making process to the specific cases related in Part II.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.