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dc.contributor.advisorKolodny, Robin
dc.creatorShrader, Nathan R.
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-05T15:01:57Z
dc.date.available2020-11-05T15:01:57Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.other931912245
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/3562
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the political, personal, and policy issues that drive citizens to seek unpaid, elected positions on Pennsylvania's public school boards. This research examines whether school board members are recruited to run for office and considers the role of various recruitment agents such as political parties, interest groups, and non-political community organizations. Trends in political and community engagement among school board members, their potential ambition to seek higher office, and the relationship between elected board members and appointed district superintendents are also examined. The study relies upon a unique dataset gathered through a survey distributed to all of Pennsylvania's nearly 4,500 school board members and a series of interviews with current state legislators who began their political careers by serving on their local school boards. Findings suggest that school board members are enormously engaged in the political and non-political life of their communities. It is also determined that school board members are principally self-starters who do not intend to use their positions as springboards to higher office. These findings are analyzed to help determine the implications for governance at the local level as well as to better comprehend the dynamics of party organizations, interest groups, and other community organizations within Pennsylvania school district politics and elections.
dc.format.extent350 pages
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTemple University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartofTheses and Dissertations
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dc.subjectPolitical Science
dc.subjectAmbition
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectElections
dc.subjectEmergence
dc.subjectRecruitment
dc.subjectSchool Boards
dc.titlePennsylvania Public School Boards: An Analysis of Politics, Policy, and Public Servants
dc.typeText
dc.type.genreThesis/Dissertation
dc.contributor.committeememberMucciaroni, Gary
dc.contributor.committeememberHagen, Michael Gray
dc.contributor.committeememberGilbert, Melissa R.
dc.description.departmentPolitical Science
dc.relation.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/3544
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dc.description.degreePh.D.
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