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Sanders, Ted – American School Board Journal, 2003
Displays findings from a fall 2002 survey of all states to determine how they were progressing in meeting No Child Left Behind Act's list of requirements. Generally, states and local districts are stronger developing accountability systems but a significant gap remains between the federal law's demands and the capacity to meet them. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Database Management Systems, Educational Improvement, Federal Legislation
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
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
Underwood, Kenneth E.; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1981
After controlling for the primary concern of board members (finance in all its forms), there isn't much difference between the concerns of board members and those of the public. (IRT)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Opinions
Deasy, Richard J.; Fulbright, Harriet Mayor – American School Board Journal, 1999
Findings from a 2-year study of arts education reveal that the first and most important factor in a school district's ability to provide strong arts education is the community's support and involvement. Districts with strong arts education also require a supportive school board, superintendent, and a cadre of principals, teachers, and parents.…
Descriptors: Art Education, Board of Education Policy, Community Support, Elementary Secondary Education
Cunningham, William G.; Burdick, Glenn R. – American School Board Journal, 1999
Survey responses from 175 public school superintendents blamed school boards for the dwindling supply of qualified applicants for the superintendency. The top problem is micromanagement by the school board. The time and stress of the superintendency ranks second, cited by more than 53 percent of respondents. Diminishing financial resources were…
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Market, National Surveys
Moulton Jr., James C; Curcio, Joan L.; Fortune, Jim C. – American School Board Journal, 1999
Four years ago the General Accounting Office told Congress that public school buildings were in bad shape. However, school board members who responded to a survey (294 completed surveys, a 50.8% response rate), while acknowledging some unsatisfactory conditions, a majority (78%) say their school buildings are either better than adequate or…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Facility Case Studies
Keating, Tom – American School Board Journal, 1994
To find out attitudes toward public participation at school board meetings, interviews were conducted with 22 board members and 20 average citizens, mainly from small to medium size districts in 16 states. Findings reveal that everyone agreed the public should have an opportunity to air opinions at meetings. Opinions vary about how boards should…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education
DeSpain, B. C.; Livingston, Martha – American School Board Journal, 1996
A survey asked a national random sample of 1,500 school board presidents and the executives of all 1,300 local chambers of commerce for their opinions on charter schools, privatization, and vouchers. Board presidents are likely to support the traditional education establishment. Chamber executives tend to support free-market initiatives for…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Boards of Education, Business, Charter Schools
Rothstein, Richard – American School Board Journal, 1996
An examination of data on school expenditures between 1966-1967 and 1990-1991 in nine school districts chosen as representative of districts nationwide revealed that most of the new resources going to public education in the last 25 years was spent to achieve goals other than academic achievement for students in the regular school program. (MLF)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Inflation (Economics)
Upperman, James E.; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1996
Presents findings from the 18th annual survey of school board members on the topic of their attitudes toward alternative education programs for students. Alternatives to traditional schooling exist for troubled students within the broad public school structure, and almost 9 out of 10 board members say such specialized services should be provided.…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Boards of Education, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education
Medler, Alex – American School Board Journal, 1996
The Education Commission of the States along with the Center for School Change at the University of Minnesota surveyed 110 charter schools, more than two-thirds of the schools approved in 7 states. Charter school officials advise others interested in opening their own school to establish a clear vision, mission, and philosophy, and to devote…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools
Brown, Senn – American School Board Journal, 1995
Argues that contracting with private providers to educate students should be an option for school boards. Cites results from two surveys regarding whether school boards operated under powers enumerated in state law or under "broad powers" that gave boards more latitude in pursuit of defined goals. (MLF)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Contracts, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys
Weisenburger, William; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1995
Survey responses from 1,045 school board members show that a slight majority (51.6%) do not perceive violence as a problem in their district. Charts illustrate board members' perceptions of the relative effectiveness of various programs to control violence, and sidebars summarize demographic information about participants. (MLF)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys
Michener, Olivia H.; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1993
Survey forms sent to a random sample of 5,271 school board members elicited responses from 1,096 (21 percent) board members. Lists the demographics of school board service, the specific budget cuts board members made last year, and choices they would make if further cuts were needed in the current budget. (MLF)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Budgets, Demography, Educational Finance
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