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ERIC Number: EJ1141220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1555-4589
Nepotism and the Jackson County School Board
Heisler, William; Hanlin, Lesa
Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, v20 n2 p163-176 Jun 2017
In 2015, the superintendent of the Jackson County School District revised the existing nepotism policy, and, subsequently, his wife was hired to a newly created position of director of innovation at a salary nearly twice the average paid to teachers in the district. Because of community reaction, the Jackson County School Board met in special session to address the situation. This case, presented in three sequential parts, raises a number of questions: When does nepotism exist? What constitutes unethical behavior on the part of a school district leader? How should a school superintendent react when confronted by alleged misconduct? How should a school board proceed when faced with community outrage? How can a school board regain public trust? This case can be useful in graduate courses to generate discussion of ethical behavior and the consequences of unethical behavior in educational leadership and administration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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