Now in its Second Edition, The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases provides reflective summaries, pertinent questions, and case studies at the end of each chapter to encourage the reader to engage in reflection by linking content with personal experiences. The text provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the school district superintendent position and a blend of theory and practical knowledge pertaining to contemporary practice. 

School Boards

School boards

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • Legal status and authority of boards
  • Ideal and real roles
  • Differences in school board composition
  • Political contexts
  • Criticisms and recommended reforms

Since the early 1990s, school reform has focused more intently than in the past on governance issues in public education. The added attention has included scrutiny of lay school boards in an effort to determine whether they are an asset or liability in relation to needed change (Todras, 1993). For many, challenging the authority of school boards is tantamount to challenging liberty because the idea of local control is “deeply embedded in grassroots American political values” (Danzberger, Kirst, & Usdan, 1992, p. 1). Consequently, the citizenry is likely to oppose efforts to eliminate local school boards, even ...

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