Politics, Pressure Groups, and School Change
This chapter begins with an historical examination of the national interest in schooling and then develops a state and local thesis with an emphasis on school operation in the local setting. It deals with some propositions for strategies for doing business with pressure groups and ways school leaders can utilize community resources and mitigate negative influences on schooling and the organization of schools. The chapter explains about community pressures and influence but it is appropriate to begin by briefly presenting the historic nature of federal influences on local decision making and local school practices. It describes some comments about the governmental scene to highlight the historical influences the federal governments has had on schooling. The chapter explores the informal structures that exist, sometimes latent, sometimes highly visible, and frequently very loud. It addresses the nature of pressure groups and the nature of political pressure.