ERIC Number: ED217556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-21
Reference Count: 0
The School Board as an Agency of Legitimation and Change.
Parelius, Robert James
During his years on an urban school board, the author, a sociologist specializing in education, found conditions that were completely reversed from those ascribed to school boards by Norman D. Kerr and other analysts. The school board election campaigns observed by the author, unlike those studied by Kerr, were interesting and highly organized events during which informally supported candidates were exposed to and discussed many issues that were of great concern to district residents. Many new school board members attended workshops or conventions sponsored by school boards associations and thus did not have to depend on expertise provided by the school administration. Disagreement on the board was allowed to come out in the open. These differences from Kerr's findings may be ascribable to several factors: Kerr studied boards in communities more stable and homogeneous than the author's; "sunshine laws" have made board disagreements harder to conceal from the public; such educational issues as busing, teacher union militancy, changing school demographics, rising costs, and reduced financial support have proved highly controversial and raised public interest and involvement; and support groups like school boards associations have made boards more independent. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Political Legitimacy; School Boards Associations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).