Ten Thousand Democracies: Politics and Public Opinion in America's School Districts

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Index
Abelson, Robert P., 52
African Americans
appointed school boards and, 102–6, 149
descriptive representation and, creation of graphics illustrating, 173–77
disenfranchisement of through at-large elections, 90–94, 149
election to school boards, electoral rules and, 86–88
minority representation after electoral reform, 95–100
minority representation and policy responsiveness, 100–101, 108–9
support for educational spending, 41–43, 51 See alsorace
age
the elderly (see elderly citizens)
support for educational spending and, 38–41, 51, 131–32, 149–50
aggregation method
augmented with demographic data, 163–65
estimation of state-level public opinion by, 53, 59, 163–65
reliability of, 62n.3
Alabama, 39, 69, 115
Alaska, 64, 82n.1
American Federation of Teachers (AFT), 113.
See also teachers' unions
Antifederalists, xvii
Arizona, 1, 51, 140
Arkansas, 140
Arrington, Theodore S., 110n.8
Bafumi, Joseph, 164–65
Banfield, Edward C., 90
Bergstrom, Theodore C., 42
blacks. See African Americans
Bledsoe, Timothy, 90, 94, 109, 111n.15
Bowen, Howard, 84n.15
Brace, Paul, 53
Brennan, William, 111n.10
Brokaw, Alan J., 140
Brouillette, Matthew J., 155–56
Bryan, Frank M., 66, 71, 76
Burtless, Gary, 28
Button, James W., 143n.2
California
black/white gap in support for educational spending, 51
citizen budget power, absence of, 69 funding inequities in education, Serano decision regarding, 19–20
the generation gap in opinion polls in, 39–40
Los Angeles public school system, 1 Proposition 13 and the Serano decision, 27
Chew, Kenneth S. Y., 42–43
citizen budget power
in dependent school districts, policy responsiveness and, 77–79
in independent school districts, policy responsiveness and, 79–80
mechanisms of in school districts, 68–72
policy responsiveness and mechanisms of, 72–77, 80–82
See also direct democracy
citizens
participation in public school governance, question of, 4–5
policy outcomes and preferences of (see policy responsiveness)
types of, 10
See also democracy
civil rights movement, the, 4, 88–94
collective bargaining laws, 127n.1

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