The politics of charter school authorizing : the case of New York State

dc.contributor.advisorWayman, Jeffrey C.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJellison Holme, Jenniferen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTreisman, Uri R.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRaymond, Margaret E.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMikuta, Julieen
dc.creatorChartock, Jonas S.en 2012en
dc.description.abstractDrawing on interview data from charter school policy actors in New York State, this study applied Kingdon’s (1984, 1995/2002) multiple streams model to explain how the system of multiple statewide charter authorizers was created as part of the New York State Charter Schools Act of 1998. A combination of factors influenced the emergence of the law and resulted in an authorizing system that included an effective set of policy entrepreneurs, a strong executive, and a key political opportunity. Ultimately Governor Pataki promoted charter school policy to high agenda prominence by deciding to use the issue as his desired policy in exchange for a legislative pay raise (agenda setting). The findings of the study suggest that the applicability of Kingdon’s national-level model to the state level is valid and features a strong participation of the state executive branch.en
dc.description.departmentEducational Administrationen
dc.subjectCharter schoolsen
dc.subjectNew York Stateen
dc.titleThe politics of charter school authorizing : the case of New York Stateen