Hitting a Moving Target: How Politics Determines the Changing Roles of Superintendents and School Boards

Authored by: Thomas L. Alsbury

Handbook of Education Politics and Policy

Print publication date:  June  2008
Online publication date:  June  2008

Print ISBN: 9780805861112
eBook ISBN: 9780203887875
Adobe ISBN: 9781135595586


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Historically, schools and school governance structures began and have continued to be a seemingly paradoxical combination of both the active exercise of politics and the declaration of its apolitical purity. Some researchers observe that board members believe that education “is too important to become a political affair and that school board members are trustees for, and not representatives of, the public” (Lutz, 1977, p. 4); however, most agree that politics and policy are extrinsically linked (Hanson, 2003; Keedy & Bjork, 2003; Wirt & Kirst, 2001).

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