ERIC Number: EJ930053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun-8
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Broad Academy's Growing Reach Draws Scrutiny
Samuels, Christina A.
Education Week, v30 n33 p1, 12-13 Jun 2011
Billionaire businessman Eli Broad, one of the country's most active philanthropists, founded the "Broad Superintendents Academy" in 2002 with an extraordinarily optimistic goal: Find leaders from both inside and outside education, train them, and have them occupying the superintendencies in a third of the 75 largest school districts--all in just two years. Now hosting its 10th class, the Los Angeles-based program hasn't quite reached that goal, but it's close. As the number of influential school leaders trained by the Broad Superintendents Academy grows, so does the criticism surrounding the program. As the program has risen in prominence and prestige, it has also drawn impassioned criticism from people who see it as a destructive force in schools and districts. They say Broad-trained superintendents use corporate-management techniques to consolidate power, weaken teachers' job protections, cut parents out of decisionmaking, and introduce unproven reform measures.
Descriptors: Criticism, Educational Change, Superintendents, Management Development, Leadership Training, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Change Strategies, Organizational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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