Countering plutocracies: Increasing autonomy and accountability through culturally relevant leadership

Carlos R. McCray, Floyd D. Beachum

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In urban school districts across the USA there are mandates to implement zero tolerance policies. As this occurs, there is an increasing number of students, specifically students of colour, who are being jettisoned out of the educative process. When school principals have little autonomy regarding how they handle disciplinary infractions within their schools, it becomes relatively easy for them to opt out of making tough decision. The authors assert that Culturally Relevant Leadership is a framework that, if applied correctly, can help school leaders reduce the multiple school suspensions and expulsions that are occurring among students of colour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-413
Number of pages22
JournalSchool Leadership and Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 30 Aug 2014



  • Educational change
  • Leadership
  • School improvement

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