ERIC Number: ED477345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
School Boards: Focus on School Performance, Not Money and Patronage.
Hill, Paul T.
This paper lays out a performance-based model to better leverage the mission and power of school boards toward improving student learning. It moves beyond discussions about whether boards should be elected or appointed, instead arguing that mode of selection is less directly responsible for board success than clarity and focus about its mission and its role. The paper examines key issues and provides recommendations for school reform. The paper is organized into three parts: part 1, "Why the Existing Structure of Oversight Does Not Promote School Performance"; part 2, "What Performance-Focused Oversight of Schools Would Entail"; and part 3, "How the Missions and Activities of School Boards and District Central Offices Must Change." The paper concludes with a table, supplemented by text, on governance alternatives, and a table, also supplement by text, that compares board missions under two new governance models. The paper ends with a brief discussion of responsibility and accountability in light of recent educational legislation. (Contains 29 endnotes and 2 tables.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Government School Relationship, Performance, Politics of Education, Public Schools, School Administration, School District Autonomy, School Districts, School Effectiveness, State School District Relationship
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Progressive Policy Inst., Washington, DC.