ERIC Number: ED339110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Factors and Issues Affecting Board of Education Decisions: A Case Study.
Findings from a historical case study that analyzed a school board decision making process during a crisis situation are presented in this paper. Criminal allegations made against the superintendent of a midwestern school system in 1984 created a crisis for the board of education. The superintendent of schools was charged with third degree sexual assault on a 17-year-old female student. The board made a series of 11 decisions as the case unfolded. Methodology involved content analysis of 42 public documents and 10 oral testimony transcripts. Ten factors and issues are identified as factors in the decisionmaking process, and the constraints model of policymaking processes is used to understand the cognitive, affiliative, and egocentric constraints affecting the board's decisions. Three recommendations about board crisis decision making highlight the need for: (1) board member training in crisis decision making; (2) further exploration of the constraints model's applicability to such decision making; and (3) further study of personal relationships, access to information, and student welfare. Other suggestions are that boards seek more than one legal opinion and develop policies for situations of sexual harassment and continuing employment in cases of criminal charges. Four predictions about board decision making in crisis are also included. (16 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 1991).