Tag Archives: school governance

Spring’s Coming Attractions—In the States, That Is

Spring’s Coming Attractions—In the States, That Is

By Dirk Zuschlag As winter draws to a close, officially anyway, a lot of education policy is happening in the nation’s capital. Within the last week, all three federal branches got into the act: the Senate prepared to join the House in voting to “disapprove” key Obama Administration regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act… Read More »

R.I.P. Coalition of Essential Schools

R.I.P. Coalition of Essential Schools

By Dirk Zuschlag When was the last time you heard anything about the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES)? Have you ever? According to the headline of an Education Week article posted January 20, 2017, “Iconic School-Reform Group Ends 33-Year Run.” The article lead identifies the CES as “a progressively oriented school reform network” that “will… Read More »

Just Answer Yes or No: State Ballot Proposals and Making Education Policy by Direct Democracy

Just Answer Yes or No: State Ballot Proposals and Making Education Policy by Direct Democracy

By Dirk Zuschlag Citizens last week voted yes or no on scores of statewide proposals, including seventeen in California. The nine measures in seven states that concerned education policy fall into two distinct categories: proposals affecting education funding and proposals affecting education governance. Proposals Affecting Education Funding Six proposals sought new or enhanced sources of… Read More »

How Do Charter and Traditional School Board Members Define Accountability?

How Do Charter and Traditional School Board Members Define Accountability?

This week’s post is written by Dr. Michael R. Ford. Dr. Ford is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  His research interests include public and nonprofit school board governance, accountability, and education reform.    Back in February I penned a blog post here discussing some recent research I completed… Read More »

Opportunities and Limits of the ESSA’s Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority

Opportunities and Limits of the ESSA’s Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority

By Nancy Duchesneau The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers new opportunities for states to customize, innovate, and improve their assessment and accountability systems. One such option is the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority, which gives states and districts a chance to try out a new generation of assessments. Inspired by New Hampshire’s Performance… Read More »

MSU Researchers Examine State Takeover in Detroit and Memphis Schools

MSU Researchers Examine State Takeover in Detroit and Memphis Schools

By Amy Auletto The Education Policy Center at Michigan State University has released a working paper written by Mary L. Mason and Sarah Reckhow. The paper, titled Who Governs Now? Takeovers, Portfolios, and School District Governance, compares state involvement in two districts, Detroit and Memphis. This Green & Write post highlights key findings from the… Read More »

The Importance of Charter School Board Governance

The Importance of Charter School Board Governance

Michael R. Ford is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  His research interests include public and nonprofit school board governance, accountability, and education reform.  By Michael R. Ford Do school boards matter? Matt Miller, in his infamous 2008 Atlantic Monthly article, implicitly argued yes, calling for their elimination on… Read More »