The Tensions Between Shared Governance and Advancing Educational Equity

Angelina E. Castagno, Charles Hausman

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This article examines the relationship between shared governance and one school district’s (in)ability to advance educational equity. Specifically, we consider the district’s policies, discourse, and practice around equity within the context of site-based management and shared decision making. We suggest that if equity is indeed a major district responsibility, then it seems inconsistent to leave equity at the mercy of shared governance and occasional externally-imposed mandates because most individual school leaders and educators are not currently taking up this agenda or implementing changes that would result in equitable education. Thus, our work suggests that progress toward educational equity may best be achieved through top-down, directive leadership in districts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-111
Number of pages16
JournalUrban Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Directive leadership
  • Distributed leadership
  • Educational equity
  • Shared decision making
  • Shared governance
  • Site based management
  • Social justice leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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