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Leadership and School Boards: Guarding the Trust


reviewed by Casey Hurley — January 25, 2010

coverTitle: Leadership and School Boards: Guarding the Trust
Author(s): Laura Reimer
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578868297, Pages: 126, Year: 2008
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A recent web chat sponsored by Education Week and the Wallace Foundation asked, “Are Local School Boards Obsolete?” In Leadership and School Boards Laura Reimer answers by telling school boards that, if they want to be relevant, they must understand and embrace their proper governance role. The purpose of this book is to describe that role.    Leadership and School Boards speaks to board members and others in the voice of one who has “been there.” Reimer is a former school board member and currently an instructor at the University of Winnipeg.   She follows a pattern throughout the book – arguing the importance of democratic, local, school board governance; admitting past school board failings; describing how they are supposed to perform their role; and identifying the principles that should guide this pursuit.    For example, she argues against the tendency of boards to meddle in daily operations by explaining that the superintendent... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 25, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15901, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 3:45:51 AM

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  • Casey Hurley
    Western Carolina University
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    J. CASEY HURLEY has been Professor of Educational Administration at Western Carolina University since 1989. He received his PhD (1989) from UW-Madison, and was formerly a high school principal at Lodi High School and assistant principal at Stoughton High School and Columbus High School, all in Wisconsin. He recently finished The Six Virtues of the Educated Person, also published by Rowman and Littlefield Education. Now he is blogging at www.sixvirtues.com.
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