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March 28, 2014

Do School Boards Actually Matter?

School boards have long fascinated me. I'm always intrigued by anything that everyone denounces and yet which keeps on keeping on. Critiques of school boards are plentiful; there's no need to rehash them here. But, the thing is, outside of colorful accounts of urban school boards, our understanding of what school boards do and how much they matter is actually rather limited.

February 08, 2012

Oregon School Boards Assoc.: Wuv Us, Dammit!

Man, I'm glad I never dated the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). Talk about an inflated sense of entitlement. If the OSBA were a girlfriend, it'd be the one who smashed your car's taillights because you forgot to pick up flowers to mark your 11-week anniversary (or the death of her goldfish...

December 02, 2011

More Than the Mantra of "Mayoral Control"

Yesterday, at the Fordham Institute's big conference on "Rethinking Education Governance in the 21st Century," I had the chance to chat about a new paper "More than the Mantra of 'Mayoral Control'" that I penned with Olivia Meeks. When it comes to district governance, Olivia and I argue that the ba...

February 09, 2011

School Boards in the "Accountability Era"

Last week, my colleague Olivia Meeks and I issued a new study examining the state of America's school boards. (For a terrific take, check out Christina Samuels' Ed Week story here). Partnering with the NSBA, the Iowa School Boards Association, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, we surveyed more th...

August 12, 2010

School Boards as a Symptom, Not the Cause

For the past year, our earnest Secretary of Education has been banging the drum for mayoral control. As I've noted many times, I'm very sympathetic to the argument that mayoral control, done smart, can be a useful step in turning around troubled school systems. But I've been concerned about the te...

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