110F Eggers Hall
Department of Economics
Syracuse, NY 13210
Institutional Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|March 2016||Decentralized Governance and the Quality of School Leadership|
with Steven G. Rivkin, Jeffrey C. Schiman, Jason Ward: w22061
In response to widespread dissatisfaction with the schools, the 1988 Chicago School Reform Act decentralized school governance by forming elected local school councils (LSCs) responsible for principal hiring, evaluation, and contract renewal as well as other management functions. Subsequent legislation outlined circumstances in which the district could reclaim authority from the LSC, thereby limiting local control. This paper investigates the distribution of principal effectiveness under a system in which there is uncertainty over the locus of decision-making authority. We first establish the presence of significant variation in principal effectiveness based on both an analysis of variance approach and the estimation of principal fixed effects. Teacher survey responses support the findings...