ERIC Number: ED033478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul-10
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The Future of City School Boards.
Campbell, Roald F.
The late 19th and early 20th centuries were the period of rapid urban development fostered by industrialization. This was also the period of system-wide development of city school districts funded by favorable tax bases from industrial property and from a complete cross-section of social strata. The first consolidation of districts began within the cities and, at least as an ideal, an elitist concept governed the selection of persons for a place on relatively autonomous school boards. Population shifts, decentralization of industry, and demands for local control have each served to erode the position of city boards. It is currently possible to see a trend toward more representative boards, having greater citizen involvement. Decentralized, federated school systems are in sight with the board free to become a more effective political force. Along with more force will come more responsibility because the board will be held increasingly accountable for the results of public education. (DE)
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Trends, Federal State Relationship, Minority Group Influences, Parent School Relationship, School District Autonomy, School Role, Social Change, State School District Relationship, Superintendents, Teacher Militancy, Urban Demography, Urban Schools
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Note: Paper prepared for National School Boards Association Seminar, July 10-12, 1969.