?Better Policies, Better Schools makes a welcome contribution to the current textbook market in educational policy. The authors weave together literature from numerous sub-fields to provide a unifying four-dimensional framework to approach educational issues.' Kenneth Wong Vanderbilt University This book brings together the latest research on the policy making process and theory, and applies this information to key policy areas. The policy areas examined in the text include: governance, curriculum and standards, accountability, labor relations, finance and school choice. The text examines these policy areas from multiple perspectives or "lenses" that create a coherent, unified framework consisting of normative, structural, constituent, and technical dimensions. The three parts of the book flow from an introduction to the framework of policy analysis to application in policy arenas such as government and finance. Special Features: The book is divided into 3 distinct parts-Theory, Process, Application-to make information accessible and useful. Policies are examined using 4 frameworks or ?policy lenses?-normative, structural, constituent and technical-to enable students to view policy in a range of complexity. Many examples of current policies are examined to show how policies are translated from theory to practice. Each chapter begins with a Policy Vignette to provide examples of policy problems. Chapters end with Chapter Assignments, Activities, Bibliographic lists of classic readings, and References allowing students to integrate chapter material and extend their research and knowledge. Related Titles Ethics for Educational Leaders, 1/e Weldon Beckner Order No. 0-205-36091-2 SuperVision and Instructional Leadership: A Developmental Approach, 6/e Carl D. Glickman Stephen P. Gordon Jovita M. Ross-Gordon Order No. 0-205-38079-4 Professional Development for School Improvement: Empowering Learning Communities, 1/e Stephen P. Gordon Order No. 0-205-26831-5 Human Resources Administration in Education: A Management Approach, 7/e Ronald W. Rebore Sr. Order No. 0-205-38084-0 Administrators Solving the Problems of Practice: Decision-Making Concepts, Cases, and Consequences, 2/e Wayne K. Hoy John C. Tartar Order No. 0-205-38080-8 Public School Law: Teachers' and Students' Rights, 5/e Nelda H. Cambron-McCabe Martha M. McCarthy Steven B. Thomas Order No. 0-205-35216-2Cooper, Bruce S. is the author of 'Better Policies, Better Schools Theories and Applications', published 2003 under ISBN 9780205321520 and ISBN 0205321526.