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Education Policy Adoption at the Local Governance Level

Title: Education Policy Adoption at the Local Governance Level: An Empirical Analysis of Factors Influencing the Adoption of Reading First in Florida School Districts.
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Name(s): Lassila, Christy Lyn Hovanetz, author
Berry, Frances Stokes, professor directing dissertation
Milton, Sande, outside committee member
Feiock, Richard, committee member
DeHaven-Smith, Lance, committee member
School of Public Administration and Policy, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This research examines Florida school districts' adoption of Reading First legislation passed into law as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This research attempts to answer the fundamental question pertinent to the policy adoption process: Why do some school districts readily adopt the Reading First innovation while others do not adopt it? This research will test key factors based on the following explanations: 1) Political Institutions, 2) Need and District Characteristics, 3) Education Ideology, 4) Policy Entrepreneurs and Networks, and 5) Diffusion. A multivariate model representing the five competing explanations was created to determine what drives local governments (school districts) to adopt Reading First policy using Event History Analysis. The results show two significant variables, reading scores (need) and diffusion. School districts with fewer proficient readers are more likely to be early adopters of Reading First. The diffusion variable was also significant but unexpectedly had a negative relationship finding that districts with fewer contiguous districts that have adopted Reading First are more likely to be early adopters. While unexpected, it may be the result of the short timeline of the adoption process and the pressure by the media, political actors, and district personnel to be an early adopter.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3733 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Public Administration and Policy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: October 6, 2005.
Keywords: Reading First, Innovation, Event History Analysis, Diffusion, Florida
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Frances Stokes Berry, Professor Directing Dissertation; Sande Milton, Outside Committee Member; Richard Feiock, Committee Member; Lance DeHaven-Smith, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Public policy
Public administration
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3733
Owner Institution: FSU

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Lassila, C. L. H. (2005). Education Policy Adoption at the Local Governance Level: An Empirical Analysis of Factors Influencing the Adoption of Reading First in Florida School Districts. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3733