ERIC Number: ED280182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
School Boards: Strengthening Grass Roots Leadership.
Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
This report presents findings of a 1985 national study of the local school board. Information was gathered from case studies in nine major metropolitan areas, questionnaires administered to over 200 school board chairpersons, and literature on board governance. Chapter 1 offers an overview and questionnaire results. Chapter 2 summarizes major findings. The historical role of school boards is discussed in chapter 3. Chapter 4, on the working board, interprets challenges faced in developing operating structures. The board-superintendent relationship is explored in chapter 5. The report probes, in chapter 6, issues confronting boards. Board members' and citizens' satisfactions and dissatisfactions with board service and practices are analyzed in chapter 7. The need for increased attention to board development for individuals and for boards is stressed in chapter 8, along with recommendations. The final chapter presentes 15 indicators of an effective board. Major findings are that citizens support the ideal of local governance of education through school boards, but not necessarily the board of their own community. Despite this approval, the public knows little about boards' functioning. States' increased visibility in education creates further confusion about responsibilities. Difficulties are forecast as student populations diversify and management becomes more complex. Local governance needs informed support from communities. Thirty-nine references are included. (CJH)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Citizen Participation, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Interdistrict Policies, Interprofessional Relationship, Policy Formation, Politics of Education, School District Autonomy, School District Size, School District Spending, State School District Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: American Can Co. Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.