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 District Policy

School district policy

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • Nature of school district policy
  • Purposes of policy in public education
  • Development of policy statements
  • Political environment of policy development
  • Role of values in school district policy
  • Professional input in developing policy statements
  • Policy implementation
  • Policy versus rules and regulations

As noted in Chapter 5, school boards are expected to set policies in areas not covered by state laws and regulations and administrators are expected to enforce policy. This separation of powers is blurred by the fact that policy has many different meanings and in the absence of a universal understanding, persons, including board members and superintendents, self-define this key word. In addition, distinctions between developing and implementing policy can be ambiguous. For example, superintendents clearly ...

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