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Imber, Michael – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses legal issues related to the celebration of Christmas in public schools. Concludes that schools can display secular symbols of Christmas such as reindeer, elves, and Santa Clause, but not religious ones, such as wise men, angels, and nativity scenes. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Religious Holidays
Hutton, Thomas – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes what schools may do and must not do in recognizing religious holidays such as Christmas. Suggests several play-it-safe strategies for school boards to avoid community controversy or litigation related to the observance of religious holidays. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Religious Holidays
Colgan, Craig – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes what it is like to be a school board member, including what it takes not only to survive, but to thrive. (PKP)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Smith, Roberta F. – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes Albuquerque (New Mexico) Public School's board of education's experience with an interim, four-person superintendency team appointed by the board to replace the previous superintendent. The team was composed of three associate superintendents and a local public-relations executive. Includes a brief description of the responsibilities and…
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Management Teams, Superintendents
Levin, Henry M.; Belfield, Clive – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes the development and implementation of a metaphorical (nonenforceable) family contract that sets forth parental responsibilities for assisting the public schools in the education of their children. Contract involves the home environment, use of the out-of-school time, and parent involvement with schooling. Discusses issues related to the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation
Darden, Edwin C. – American School Board Journal, 2003
Argues that the biggest obstacle to urban education reform is the unwillingness of educators to discuss the impact of increased racial and ethnic segregation on student achievement. Poverty is discussed, but not race. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Cook, Glenn – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses origin of the public's perception of the failure of urban education, the media's role in perpetuating that perception, and some ways urban school districts can change that perception. (PKP)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Mass Media Role, Public Opinion, Public Relations
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses literature on student disengagement in school and efforts to improve student engagement in learning. Includes list of standards for engaged learning. (PKP)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Alienation, Student Participation
Clarkson, Wesley P. – American School Board Journal, 2003
Offers practical advice for school boards about gifted programs, which can be both cost-effective and educationally beneficial. Examines the nature of various gifted programs, the budgets required to support these options, and a cost-benefit analysis of each. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Cost Effectiveness, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education
Waggoner, Chuck – American School Board Journal, 2003
Incivility by teachers can turn into behavior that injures careers. Workplace "mobbing" or bullying begins when an individual becomes the target of disrespectful and harmful behavior. Recounts experiences of two teachers. Offers suggestions to school leaders to stop this incivility. (MLF)
Descriptors: Bullying, Elementary Secondary Education, Peer Influence, Teacher Behavior
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Studies show that 40 percent of youth who begin drinking before age 13 are classified as alcohol dependent at some point in their lives. Explores three theories about adolescents' alcohol use, describes a national intervention program, lists warning signs of early drinking, and offers a policy preventing early drinking. (MLF)
Descriptors: Adolescent Behavior, Alcohol Education, Alcoholism, Elementary Secondary Education
Andrews, Hans A.; Davis, Jackie – American School Board Journal, 2003
The dual-credit course option, in which classes are held at a nearby university or community college, is an exceptional marriage between secondary schools, community colleges, and some universities. Describes four types of dual-credit options between Olney Central College, Illinois, and participating high schools. (MLF)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Dual Enrollment
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
"Lassonde" involved a California school district's authority to delete religious proselytizing statements from a student's graduation speech while permitting him to hand out copies of the speech outside the site where the graduation ceremony would be held. The 9th Circuit affirmed the lower court's decision in favor of the school district. (MLF)
Descriptors: Censorship, Commencement Ceremonies, Court Litigation, Freedom of Speech
Joiner, Lottie L. – American School Board Journal, 2003
Department of Defense schools, equivalent to the 23rd largest school district in the country, serve military families on bases here and abroad. Despite the fact that only 40 percent of the students finish the academic year in the same school where they started, 80 percent of the graduates go on to college and minority students perform better that…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), Dependents Schools, Elementary Secondary Education
Eadie, Doug – American School Board Journal, 2003
To oversee superintendent performance, school boards can take three key steps: (1) assign accountability for managing the board-superintendent relationship to a standing committee; (2) the committee and the superintendent can agree each year on the specific leadership challenges; and (3) annually conduct an indepth assessment of the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Evaluation, Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education
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