A Case Study in Realigning Public Value in School Choice and Enrollment
CitationKing, Kevin R. 2016. A Case Study in Realigning Public Value in School Choice and Enrollment. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
AbstractWhat role does an enrollment system play in providing every child in the United States with a high-quality education? Integration and school choice literature highlight the saliency of the topic (Ben-Porath, 2012; Orfield and Frankenberg, 2013; Ryan, 2010; Viteritti, 2010). This capstone is designed to address how an increasingly diverse school district with a history of persistent political debate about school choice can create a sustainable enrollment system that affords every child access to a high-quality education. The paper details Framingham Public Schools’ efforts to engage in the early stages of a multi-stakeholder and multi-year effort toward this end. Moore’s (1995, 2013) strategic value triangle offers a helpful conceptual tool to develop a shared public value proposition for an improved enrollment system and the operational capacity and political legitimacy to accomplish that vision. The paper also explores the author’s leadership lessons in using a participatory approach to facilitate this work.
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