ERIC Number: ED433611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Effective School Governance: A Look at Today's Practice and Tomorrow's Promise.
Resnick, Michael A.
This paper examines one aspect of school governance--the role of the school board--which historically has governed education at the local level. It discusses the basic and unique functions of school boards in American education, as well as their effectiveness in meeting the rigors of a changing society. The discussion is presented in four parts: (1) the significance and benefits of local school-board governance as currently established; (2) the major attributes of good school-board governance, including examples of school boards that are providing leadership to raise student achievement; (3) why local school boards are preferable to alternatives that have been suggested; and (4) how the state, as a governance partner, can strengthen the capacity of local school boards to govern and lead. Whereas the paper specifically deals with the school-board role, it recognizes that education governance operates in a broader context that embraces the state and federal levels. It also recognizes that school boards are not monolithic institutions. It details how a good local school board will set a vision, focus on student learning and achievement, provide a structure for success, advocate for education, and involve the community. (RJM)
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, School Administration, School Effectiveness, School Policy
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: For related documents, see EA 030 023-026.