School & District Management

Atlanta School Board Honored as Best in Nation

October 14, 2009 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Atlanta keeps adding accolades to its collection of education awards. This time, the school board in Georgia’s largest city is being hailed as the best in the nation by the Council of Urban Boards of Education, part of the National School Boards Association.

The award recognizes urban school boards for good-governance practices and progress in raising student achievement. The board’s award comes after a biggie for Superintendent Beverly Hall, who is the American Association of School Administrators’ national superintendent of the year for 2009. Dr. Hall also won the prestigious Richard R. Green award for urban education leadership from the Council of the Great City Schools in 2006.

That Atlanta’s board won this year’s CUBE award marks a huge turnaround for a governance panel that was meddling in the district’s hiring and firing decisions just a decade ago. With strong backing from the city’s corporate community, the school board’s membership was overhauled and clear boundaries were set for what business they were to tend to. A key change: Requiring a supermajority of the board to overturn any of the superintendent’s personnel decisions.

Other finalists for the award were the school boards in Broward County. Fla., Wake County, N.C., Jefferson County, Ky., and Baltimore.

If you are a governance geek and crave more reading on school boards, don’t miss Ed Week’s new report , including commentaries from three sitting school board members.

A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Budget & Finance Webinar
Innovative Funding Models: A Deep Dive into Public-Private Partnerships
Discover how innovative funding models drive educational projects forward. Join us for insights into effective PPP implementation.
Content provided by Follett Learning
Budget & Finance Webinar Staffing Schools After ESSER: What School and District Leaders Need to Know
Join our newsroom for insights on investing in critical student support positions as pandemic funds expire.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Student Achievement Webinar
How can districts build sustainable tutoring models before the money runs out?
District leaders, low on funds, must decide: broad support for all or deep interventions for few? Let's discuss maximizing tutoring resources.
Content provided by Varsity Tutors for Schools

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management Quiz What Do You Know About the Most Influential People in School Districts? Take Our Quiz
Answer 7 questions about the superintendent profession.
1 min read
Image of icons for gender, pay, demographics.
School & District Management Opinion I Invited My Students to Be the Principal for a Day. Here’s What I Learned
When I felt myself slipping into a springtime slump, this simple activity reminded me of my “why” as an educator.
S. Kambar Khoshaba
4 min read
052024 OPINION Khoshaba PRINCIPAL end the year with positivity
E+/Getty + Vanessa Solis/Education Week via Canva
School & District Management The Complicated Fight Over Four-Day School Weeks
Missouri lawmakers want to encourage large districts to maintain five-day weeks—even as four-day weeks grow more popular.
7 min read
Calendar 4 day week
School & District Management From Our Research Center Principal Salaries: The Gap Between Expectation and Reality
Exclusive survey data indicate a gap between the expectations and the realities of principal pay.
4 min read
A Black woman is standing on a ladder and looking into the distance with binoculars, in the background is an ascending arrow.