ERIC Number: ED188296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Policy and Administration: Who Does What?
Fletcher, Verna M.
The question of who develops and adopts the rules and regulations to implement educational policies is at the center of the role controversy between boards of education and superintendents. The purpose of this paper is to clarify the demarcations between policy-making and administrative roles. Certain assumptions about board and superintendent relationships determine perceptions of policy-making and administrative roles: the board of education has the ultimate responsibility for the schools; every local board of education has some relationship with its state board; the board of education selects, directs, and evaluates the superintendent; board members represent the community; and, there is a great difference in how board members define their role in policy-making and administration. In practice, there is no single definite line between policy and administration. It is up to the board and superintendent to set working definitions. Some guides to help reach agreements are to know what is supposed to be, know the reality, know what can be, and know the pitfalls. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (40th, San Francisco, CA, April 19-22, 1980).