ERIC Number: ED349686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-26
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Response to the Task Force on School Governance.
Denoyer, Richard A.
Although the Task Force on School Governance report claims that restructuring of school boards is essential to save the nation's failing schools, the real failure is society itself. Societal problems such as the nation's $4 trillion debt, air and water pollution, crime, drug abuse, and special interest lobbies abound, and legislators' unwillingness to face these problems has negatively affected American adults, children, families, and society. Demographic statistics pertaining to divorce, single and working mothers, teenage suicide, early parenthood, and poverty show a drastic change in family structure caused by worsening social conditions. However, a comparison of past and present standardized test scores, dropout and high school graduation rates, college completion, and other indicators shows improvements in student performance and educational attainment. Societal problems should be targeted, not school governance, which should remain the responsibility of locally elected school board members. In turn, boards should adopt policy, hire and fire the superintendent, and work with administrators to develop strategic plans for achieving educational goals. State legislators should eliminate most mandates affecting schools and direct all districts to develop a strategic plan. Local boards are best suited to meet the task force's goals of educational excellence, accountability, and interagency cooperation. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress; National Conference on School Governance
Note: Presentation at a Meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (Cincinnati, OH, July 26, 1992).