chapter  4
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FRAGMENTED CENTRALIZATION

In this neoliberal era of increased public suspicion of government bureaucracies, the restructuring of public institutions is about relinquishing territory to the private sector and reestablishing control, or at least the appearance of control, over inefficiencies. In public education, restructuring has been a frequently employed strategy for responding to a host of pressures that haunt policymakers and bureaucrats: fiscal responsibility, test-score improvement, safe and timely school facility construction, curricular innovation, grant compliance, student security, and, most recently, functional technological infrastructures.