ERIC Number: EJ918231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb-9
Reference Count: 0
Survey Detects Shifting Priorities of School Boards
Samuels, Christina A.
Education Week, v30 n20 p1, 22 Feb 2011
The author reports the results of a nationwide survey of school board members which show a shift in focus toward student achievement and away from district-management issues known as the "killer B's": buses, buildings, books, budgets, and bonds. But today's school board members appear not to be as interested in issues that many policy observers deem to be on the cutting edge of school reform. Board members consider charter schools, performance pay for teachers, and year-round school not as important to student achievement as strong leadership and professional development, according to the survey results. "School Boards Circa 2010: Governance in an Accountability Era," was written by Frederick M. Hess, the director of education policy studies for the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, and Olivia Meeks, an AEI researcher. The survey gathered responses from 900 school board members and 120 superintendents in more than 500 school districts. The results were compared with those in a similar report Mr. Hess conducted in 2002.
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Organizational Change, Change Strategies, National Surveys, Administrator Attitudes, Organizational Theories, Organizational Objectives, Educational Objectives, Board of Education Policy, Board Candidates, Academic Achievement, Educational Administration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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