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School Boards in America : A Flawed Exercise in Democracy - Gene I. Maeroff

School Boards in America

A Flawed Exercise in Democracy

Hardcover Published: 18th January 2011
ISBN: 9780230107588
Number Of Pages: 229

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Local school boards in the United States spend almost $600 billion of the public’s money and employ millions of Americans. They have a prime role, along with the home, in shaping the future for the country’s young. Yet the more than 14,000 boards of education are obscure and most people have not the vaguest notion of how they operate and what impact they have. School Boards in America aims to provide a wide audience – educators and college students, board members, policymakers, parents and other taxpayers, and just about anyone interested in public affairs – with an inside view that will forever affect the ways in which they look at public schools and how they are governed.

"As the nation engages in the critical struggle to improve its schools, the local school board remains a neglected institution.Board members, however, remain critically important.This immensely readable volume by a school board member sheds much needed light on both the strengths and weaknesses of this uniquely American institution." - Jim Hunt, Governor of North Carolina (1977-1985, 1993-2001)



"Maeroff brings light and wisdom to understanding why school boards, a uniquely American institution, are both loved and hated; and what we can do to help them improve the education of our children." - Christopher T. Cross, former Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education and Chairman, Cross & Joftus, LLC



"A vitally important, cogently written analysis by an extremely knowledgeable author who is currently living his subject as a school board president (an all too rare reality among contemporary education policy experts )." - Michael D. Usdan, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Educational Leadership



"Gene Maeroff spins the reader through a whirlwind of education-reform debates, from accountability to teacher quality to funding - all through the eyes of the local school board. He provides case-study examples of successful school boards (like that of Denver Public Schools) and those that have been far less so (like that of Clayton County, GA) as well as scores of interesting data points. . . . In the end, though Maeroff acknowledges inherent and systemic flaws in school boards, he offers up reasonably mundane suggestions for righting them - including having appointed and not elected boards, and increasing professional development - leaving us still searching for the most viable governance arrangement for our schools." -Daniela Fairchild, Associate Editor and Policy Analyst, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, from The Education Gadfly

A Cradle of Democracy
The School BoardâÇÖs Impact on the Content of Learning
Inherent Inequities
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Teachers: The Glory and the Agony
The Mirage of Local Control
The Special Burden of Special Education
The Inner Workings of School Boards
Accepting Responsibility
Alternatives to School Boards
Do School Boards Have a Future
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ISBN: 9780230107588
ISBN-10: 0230107583
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 229
Published: 18th January 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1