This article examines education reform in Detroit, employing data from over 75 semi-structured elite interviews. The research explores the apparent collapse of a local education reform effort in Detroit despite broad dissatisfaction with the current education system. Both collaborative and competitive approaches to reform are investigated through a regime framework. Reformers who implemented change were removed from office and yet a business school compact, neighborhood-based empowerment schools, and schools of choice remain as a legacy. This indicates that although short-term political support for change in Detroit did collapse, some long-term institutional impact of the reform remains.
Hula, Richard C.; Jelier, Richard W.; and Schauer, Mark, "Making Educational Reform: Hard Times in Detroit 1988-1995" (1997). Peer Reviewed Articles. 5.