Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics


reviewed by Eliot Larson - 2006

coverTitle: Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics
Author(s): William G. Howell, Editor
Publisher: Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
ISBN: 0815736835, Pages: 356, Year: 2005
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As a doctoral student twenty-five years ago, I wrote my dissertation about the recorded verbal interactions among participants at school board meetings from a management perspective. During the course of that investigation, I reviewed the “current” research about school boards. I found information about the history of school boards, descriptive studies about the socio-economic status of school board members, and many studies that prescribed the appropriate role for school boards in governing the local school district. I found no research at that time that specifically examined what school boards actually do as the agency empowered by the state to run our local school systems. One of the reasons I enjoyed reading Besieged is precisely because it examines this. Indeed, “Besieged” is an apt title for this collection of essays based on research about school boards done by leading scholars. We are led through an examination of the various expectations and pressures... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 803-805
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12165, Date Accessed: 8/12/2020 10:50:04 PM

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