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Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2003
With America at war, schools struggle to help students understand cause and effect of conflict. Interviewed in early March, some teachers say they try not to let impressionable adolescents know how they feel about the controversial American policy on use of force in Iraq. Others say that while they present both sides of the issue, it is only right…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Current Events, Democratic Values, High Schools
Imber, Michael – American School Board Journal, 2003
As David Tyack and Larry Cuban demonstrate in "Tinkering Toward Utopia," the history of U.S. education reforms is that of mixed success and failure. Characteristics of reforms that take hold in schools include those that involve building new facilities, are easy to administer, and are legally mandated. Another major school reform…
Descriptors: Comprehensive School Reform, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational History
Duresky, Neil – American School Board Journal, 2003
The La Crosse (Wisconsin) School Board turned to the comprehensive school board development program offered by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) for help in governance policy. The board adopted John Carver's Policy Governance model consisting of ends policies, executive limitations, board and superintendent relationship, and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Board Administrator Relationship, Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role
Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2003
About 30 states have statutes on educating the gifted and talented. Identifying and teaching gifted children are a challenge. With states in a growing fiscal crisis and the costs of tests mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act, gifted education will struggle to maintain what it has rather than build. (MLF)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Academically Gifted, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2003
A brief overview of national issues in public education in 2002. Discusses the views of advocates and opponents of the No Child Left Behind Act and the school voucher movement; federal, state, and local government challenges to local school board authority; and school funding and general economic issues. (WFA)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy
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
Wertz, Dan C. – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes characteristics of effective superintendents based on interviews with 18 men and women with an average of 13 years' experience in their current positions. Superintendents offer insights on decision-making, stress management, avoiding surprises, and responding to political pressure. (PKP)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Boards of Education, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education
Good, Howard – American School Board Journal, 2001
State education agencies mandate lofty goals and give school boards the fewest possible resources to achieve them. The board's role is not to lead educationally, but take punches for other institutions' failings. Local control exists in name only. Boards at least keep instinctive self-seeking within bounds. (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation
Hurwitz, Sol – American School Board Journal, 2001
The urban school systems of four nontraditional superintendents (Harold Levy, Roy Romer, Paul Vallas, and Alan Bersin) include the nation's three largest (New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago) districts and San Diego. Some of these chief executives are managing more successfully than others; all four are facing difficult obstacles. (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Characteristics, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Ahern, Ursula M.; Compton, Cynthia M. – American School Board Journal, 2001
According to William Spady's "Beyond Counterfeit Reforms," politically driven, mechanistic "reforms" box educators into smaller, limiting ways of thinking and running schools. Donald McAdams's book "Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools...and Winning!" shows the salubrious effects of high expectations and community…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Mission
American School Board Journal, 2001
Although President Bush favors continuous testing, headlines reflect an intense, growing antitesting sentiment. One standard does not fit all, current systems are malfunctioning, and kids are short-changed. A recent report says abstinence-only sex education is ineffective; high teen birth rates underline the need for comprehensive approaches. (MLH)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adolescents, Birth Rate, Censorship
Schmitz, Steven A.; Fitch, Landon A. – American School Board Journal, 2001
Superintendents can protect themselves from the toxic effects of leadership seduction by monitoring their communication with colleagues and constituents; seeking balance in their personal, professional, and spiritual life; working on what matters; focusing on relationships; learning from adversity; and monitoring their effectiveness. (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Politics of Education
Caruso, Nicholas D., Jr. – American School Board Journal, 2001
Board members should avoid 10 common errors: losing patience, behaving badly, challenging the board after a vote, acting like inspectors, micromanaging school administrators, springing surprise questions at meetings, putting politics before children, representing special interests, violating executive session, and putting the board before family…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Behavior Problems, Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education
Amundson, Kristen J. – American School Board Journal, 2000
New school board members must learn to acknowledge the job's difficulty, avoid micromanaging the superintendent, carve out personal time, avoid adverse publicity, field parental lawsuit threats, prioritize communication, attend national conventions, avoid seeking special favors, beware one-size reform packages, and realize their expendability.…
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education, Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education
Seigel, Ellen – American School Board Journal, 2000
An effective orientation program helps new board members understand that there is already a functioning board, no member knows everything, open discussion of interpersonal issues is essential, board members must focus on agendas, and the superintendent is the sole administrative contact and conduit to other administrative staff. (MLH)
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Dynamics
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