Representing Black Excellence: an Examination of the Association Between Judicial Oversight and Black Representation on Public Education in Alabama

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dc.contributor Hawley, George
dc.contributor McKnight, Utz
dc.contributor Reeves, Keith
dc.contributor Sheffield, Adriane
dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Joseph
dc.contributor.author Blackmore, Cameryn C
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-23T14:34:58Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-23T14:34:58Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.other http://purl.lib.ua.edu/181549
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003988
dc.identifier.other Blackmore_alatus_0004D_14518
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/8220
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study explored the influence judicial oversight and Black representation on school boards had on the racial opportunity gap in Alabama during the years 2006 and 2015. The goal was to conduct an empirical study of judicial supervision of public school districts and Black representation on the educational opportunity available to students in Alabama. This study operationalizes educational opportunity using four variables: Advanced Placement enrollment, Gifted Education enrollment, Advanced Math enrollment, and the number of Guidance Counselors. The data used for this research came from multiple sources: the Department of Education, ProPublica, and collected through primary means. This study used multiple regression analysis to determine the correlation of judicial supervision and Black representation on the opportunity gap. Regressing the influences of these two variables on the opportunity gap in Alabama allowed the testing of critical race and descriptive representation theories utilized to build the theoretical framework. This study also evaluated the effectiveness of judicial supervision and Black representation on students’ educational experiences. Judicial oversight did not have a statistically significant effect on the racial opportunity gap in Alabama. However, Black representation was proven to impact the opportunity gap within the state significantly. Furthermore, the interaction between judicial supervision and Black representation also had a statistically significant effect on the opportunity gap. This study offers policy recommendations based on the key findings surrounding advocacy, educational access and equity, and equal educational opportunity.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject Black Politics en_US
dc.subject Critical Race en_US
dc.subject Education Policy en_US
dc.subject Judicial Politics en_US
dc.subject Local Government en_US
dc.subject School Board en_US
dc.title Representing Black Excellence: an Examination of the Association Between Judicial Oversight and Black Representation on Public Education in Alabama en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Political Science
etdms.degree.discipline Political science
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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