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November 04, 2020

Two Black Democrats Beat Republican Incumbents to Transform a Suburban School Board

The school board in Gwinnett County, Ga., will shift from a 4-1 white Republican majority to a 3-2 Black Democratic majority, mirroring demographic changes in the county.

October 20, 2020

When School Boards Diversify, Spending Priorities Shift. Here's How

Examining California school boards, a researcher found that electing just one Hispanic member impacts school spending and teacher churn.

August 01, 2019

These School Boards Wanted to Be More Effective, so They Went to Harvard

A new Council of the Great City Schools effort aims to fill in a training gap for an important constituency: school boards.

June 27, 2019

Total Dysfunction in Providence, R.I., Schools? Here's Some Context You Need to Know

A report outlines a horrifically low level of achievement in the district—and most of the contributing factors were open secrets.

June 20, 2019

Call for Racial Equity Training Leads to Threats to Superintendent, Resistance from Community

Controversy over an intiative aimed a reducing inequities in Lee's Summit, Mo., schools led the police department to provide security protection for the district's first African-American superintendent. Now the school board has reversed course.

June 13, 2019

Students on School Boards: Balancing Representation and Fairness

Having student board members with voting clout on school boards poses a number of logistical challenges, readers say in response to a recent Education Week feature.

June 05, 2019

When Charter Enrollment Increases, School Board Election Turnouts Fall

In Ohio, enrollments in charters were linked with modest declines in votes cast in odd-year school board elections.

May 23, 2019

Should School Boards Take Up Abortion, Immigration, and Other Social Issues?

The Los Angeles district's pro-choice resolution is unusual but could be part of a larger trend.

May 08, 2018

How Long Do Big-City Superintendents Typically Stick Around?

Tenures, on average, are shorter in larger districts and in districts with high percentages of students of color and low-income students. Women also had tenures that were 15 months shorter, on average, than their male counterparts, according to the Broad Center.

April 04, 2018

A New Education Era in Philadelphia: Mayor Names Members of School Board

About 500 people submitted their names or were nominated for one of the nine spots on the new Philadelphia school board, the first to oversee the district since the state seized control in 2001.

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