ERIC Number: EJ1042596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 118
Three Contemporary Dilemmas for Rural Superintendents
Howley, Aimee; Howley, Craig B.; Rhodes, Megan Eliason; Yahn, Jacqueline J.
Peabody Journal of Education, v89 n5 p619-638 2014
The school district is the fundamental administrative unit of schooling in the United States and the superintendent the lead official. The nature and the challenges of this position, however, vary across the landscape. Because most superintendents lead rural districts, the challenges facing those districts are the ones that typically bedevil the superintendency overall (perhaps a surprising thought to many readers). From this vantage, we theorize such challenges overall, and illustrate the theory with three episodes: (1) the continuing threats of school and district consolidation; (2) the arrival of ethnic diversity in previously all-White rural places; and (3) the leasing of school lands for mining, with a focus on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").
Descriptors: Superintendents, Rural Schools, School Districts, Governance, Coordination, Ethnic Diversity, Social Change, Rural Urban Differences, Moral Values, Role Models, Administrator Responsibility, Consolidated Schools, Cultural Differences, Economic Impact, Fuels, Natural Resources, School Community Relationship, Barriers, Performance Factors, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Administrator Role, Leadership
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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