ERIC Number: EJ726682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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Writing Prolifically, Acting Progressively
Goldman, Jay P.
School Administrator, v62 n11 p59 Dec 2005
This article profiles William J. Mathis. In 23 1/2 years as superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union in Brandon, Vt., Mathis has built an estimable paper trail--research articles and book chapters, policy analyses and op-ed commentaries that he's composed on sundry aspects of public schooling that together require eight single-spaced pages to simply list. An educator for 40 years, he's probably best known for bringing suit in 1997 against Vermont's school funding system and earlier this year against the federal government for its failure to adequately fund No Child Left Behind. In the NCLB case, Rutland Northeast became the only rural school district to join the lawsuit filed in April by the National Education Association. Mathis says he convinced his governing board to join as a plaintiff because of the "perversity" of a federal system that sanctioned schools on the basis of poverty, yet failed to consider the size of challenges a school must overcome or provide the financial support to meet the challenges. On his school district front, the superintendent is well-respected for establishing a wide array of educational program offerings that are designed to meet students' diverse learning styles. Mathis came to school administration through a less common route. His formal education and training was mostly in hard empirical research, and he spent most of his career prior to the superintendency conducting institutional and instructional studies. During a nine-year stretch with the New Jersey Department of Education, he directed the state's educational assessment program and evaluated the constitutionality of the state's school finance system. One of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year award in 2004, Mathis hopes his legacy will include a new generation of sharp-minded educational leaders fully capable of asking and answering the tough questions that will confront public education. For nearly two decades, he has taught the educational finance course to graduate students at the University of Vermont. One of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year award in 2004, Mathis hopes his legacy will include a new generation of sharp-minded educational leaders fully capable of asking and answering the tough questions that will confront public education. For nearly two decades, he has taught the educational finance course to graduate students at the University of Vermont.
Descriptors: School Administration, Profiles, Educational Philosophy, Leadership Qualities, Superintendents, Public Schools, Court Litigation, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Federal Aid, School Districts, Student Diversity
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; Vermont
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001