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ERIC Number: ED028529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 24
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Recruitment Processes and the Composition of State Boards of Education.
Sroufe, Gerald E.
The process of selecting State school board members has been of continuing concern for scholars of State educational administration. A widely accepted hypothesis asserts that the composition of State boards of education is a function of the selection process. Evidence collected in a national survey of State board members challenges this longstanding proposition by showing that board members, regardless of how they are selected (appointment or election), comprise a singularly homogenous population. To explain this result, the selection processes were examined in detail. In the appointment process it was found that governors usually have little direct contact with appointees and secure candidates through friends, professional interests, or political necessity. The election process was universally low keyed and low financed, with little campaign or attention to issues. Furthermore, the State board is rarely a steppingstone to higher office. The reason board members are so much alike is that no one expects the board to be very influential in making or implementing State educational policy. Therefore, only universalistic and undifferentiating standards of public service are applied in selecting board members. (TT)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Educ. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 6-8, 1969).