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ERIC Number: ED119306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-22
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Administration ... The Key to Creating Schools That Work.
Geisert, Gene
While primarily discussing the relationship between school boards and superintendents, the speaker makes four main points. First, the professional administration that runs our schools, led by superintendents and their management teams, is in the best position--perhaps the only position--to implement improvements in education. Second, school boards (and the individual members who make up the boards), as now designed, are more likely to impede than to implement change. Third, teacher unions are politically unable and, of necessity, too self-serving to bring about internal reform. Fourth, parents and student groups do not possess professional judgment and without an effective, innovative, and aggressive school administration to implement their concerns cannot bring about the kinds of reform required to make our system of education work. The speaker proposes action that would strengthen the role of the superintendent, more carefully define the board's role as policy-maker, and change the current model of school governance. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of School Administrators (108th, Atlantic City, New Jersey, February 20-23, 1976)