ERIC Number: EJ914669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Nepotism: A Policy of Convenience?
School Business Affairs, v76 n8 p24-26 Oct 2010
Nepotism is one of those words that makes people cringe. The hint of such behavior within an organization immediately raises suspicions of unethical behavior despite well-written, comprehensive policies and procedures. School districts are not immune to the damage that can be done to even the most highly regarded and well-respected organizations. With or without official board policy, nepotism exists in various shades of gray in school districts. Districts eager to develop comprehensive policies that encompass every possible scenario to avoid charges of nepotism may feel as if their mission is akin to herding cats. Other districts committed to easing or eliminating policies designed to address nepotism will find their goal just as difficult but a bit more precarious and potentially expensive as employees or candidates for positions seek legal recourse for not being promoted or not being hired. There appears to be no one-size-fits-all answer for all school districts as they address this issue, which can be unifying or divisive. Regardless of a district's thinking, the author suggests that a review of case law is a wise place for prudent district policy makers to begin the decision-making process.
Descriptors: School Districts, Power Structure, Social Justice, Employees, Employment, Boards of Education, Apprenticeships, Family Relationship, Family School Relationship, Family Work Relationship
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