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Lecker, Alan – American School Board Journal, 2002
In a recent survey by Public Agenda, 853 randomly selected public school superintendents and 909 randomly selected public school principals cite politics and bureaucracy as their biggest obstacles. Two thirds or more say they need more autonomy to reward outstanding teachers and remove ineffective teachers. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Attitudes, Bureaucracy, Elementary Secondary Education
Armstrong, Jane; Anthes, Katy – American School Board Journal, 2001
The Education Commission of the States conducted interviews in six school districts in five different states (California, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, and Texas) to understand how districts can use data most effectively. These districts had used data to dramatically improve student achievement. Districts that make wise use of data have strong…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Data Analysis, Data Interpretation, Databases
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2001
School board members and administrators are charged with educating a student body that is more diverse than any generation before them. However, top leadership positions remain mostly white and mostly male. Charts display the race and gender of administrators and board members by size of school district. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Boards of Education, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education
Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2001
The annual report on the state of education notes that after the shock of September 11, came a renewed sense of patriotism among young people. Charts and graphs display test results of the civic knowledge of U.S. 9th graders, scores from 4th-grade reading tests, 4th-, 8th-, and 12th grade math tests, and SAT scores Other items include…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Citizenship, Civics, College Bound Students
Scales, Peter C. – American School Board Journal, 1982
Based on his analysis of 23 communities, the author suggests six guidelines for implementing sex education programs: use small community committees rather than large ones, conduct community surveys, make sure the programs discuss sexual abstinence, provide staff training, adopt written policies, and involve parents in the programs. (RW)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Board of Education Policy, Community Involvement, Community Surveys
Ferguson, Janet M.; Nochelski, Paul – American School Board Journal, 1996
A nationwide random sample of 1,500 superintendents was asked questions about power: a wish list and a reality list. Responses from 423 (28%) superintendents suggest that students' achievement test scores are higher in school districts that share decision making, while a more authoritarian approach to management seems linked to lower student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Decentralization, Elementary Secondary Education
Mitchell, Bernard A. – American School Board Journal, 1994
Discrepancies between what a school board wants and what a superintendent thinks it wants contribute to turmoil in many school districts. In a study of evaluation procedures in 36 Wisconsin school districts, superintendents ranked determining their salary as the third most important purpose of the evaluation whereas the board presidents ranked it…
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Evaluation, Board Administrator Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education
Herman, Barry E. – American School Board Journal, 1993
For more than a decade, a principal of a large innercity elementary school in New Haven, Connecticut, convened a committee of parents and school personnel to interview candidates for positions as teachers and aides. About 50 persons were hired using this process, and all the teachers were successful. The interviewing process has since become…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Employment Interviews, Parent Participation, Personnel Selection
Murray, Carolyn B.; Clark, Reginald, M. – American School Board Journal, 1990
Conversations with 15 Black students attending predominantly White schools, about their teachers, other students, and their textbooks, reveal 8 patterns of racism that are common in schools at all grade levels. (MLF)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Group Children, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination
Feistritzer, C. Emily – American School Board Journal, 1989
A 52-item survey sent to 2,197 school board presidents was responded to by 1,217 (55 percent) of the executives. The results suggest that the longer they serve on school boards, the more inclined the presidents are to follow their superintendents' lead and the less inclined they are to support school reform. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education, Decision Making
Luckett, Rebecca; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1987
From a random sample of 4,441 board members, 1,482 (33 percent) responded to a survey. Women board members are more interested in curriculum than finance and expect to be more involved in school system decision making. Respondents' demographic characteristics and areas of concerns are shown in region-by-region charts. (MLF)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Curriculum Development
American School Board Journal, 1985
Findings from three studies indicate that the average student is remarkably unquestioning and that the school day is fragmented. The "shopping mall" high school that lets students do their own choosing may be an abdication of the school's responsibility to advise and challenge every student. (MLF)
Descriptors: Apathy, Board of Education Policy, Educational Environment, High Schools
Alkire, Phil; Wilson, Kathy S. – American School Board Journal, 1993
Survey forms sent to 108 Ohio school districts asked which of 11 food-service practices they used. A statistical comparison of their responses against state figures on the profitability of food-service operations at similar districts reveals what works and what does not work. (MLF)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Food Service, Lunch Programs
Stover, Del – American School Board Journal, 1991
Tough new environmental laws, coupled with fluctuating oil prices, are likely to prompt hundreds of school systems to examine alternative fuels. Literature reviews and interviews with 45 government, education, and industry officials provided data for a comparative analysis of gasoline, diesel, natural gas, methanol, and propane. (MLF)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education
American School Board Journal, 1994
A pullout desk reference of key school statistics, this 10th annual edition provides a review of the year's big stories in education; key indicators of school performance and progress in areas such as test scores and educational technology; school construction and school bond issues; demographic profiles of school board members and school…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Characteristics, Boards of Education, Educational Assessment