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Settlement-Patterns and the Governing Structures of 19th-Century School Systems
American Journal of Education
  • John G. Richardson, Western Washington University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-1984
Disciplines
Abstract
This paper examines the governing structures of state and local school systems as reported for 1880. Three distinctive models of governance are identified for the Northeast, the South, and the Midwest in the method of appointment or election of school officers at the state and local levels. An explanation for these patterns is presented that centers on the structural relationship between local, corporate communities and the methods of choosing education officials at the state and local levels of government. The northeastern town, the southern county, and the midwestern township are seen as historical antecedents to the specific regional pattern of school governance.
Citation Information
John G. Richardson. "Settlement-Patterns and the Governing Structures of 19th-Century School Systems" American Journal of Education Vol. 92 Iss. 2 (1984) p. 178 - 206
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