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School & District Management For Already Burdened Principals, Budget Control Remains Elusive
The majority of school districts still sideline principals in major financial decisionmaking, even as researchers argue they should have more control. But some principals remain ambivalent about significantly greater autonomy.
Denisa R. Superville, September 24, 2019
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School & District Management Opinion How Do Principals Experience a Decentralized School System?
New research captures Houston principals' attitudes about and experiences with working in a decentralized school system.
Urban Education Contributor, October 25, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion What Does Decentralization Look Like in Houston?
Research sheds light on how one urban school district implemented decentralization.
Urban Education Contributor, October 22, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion Why We Can't Give Up on Our Public Schools (Q&A)
Though public education is far from perfect, it needs our unequivocal support to improve, say educators Deborah Meier and Emily Gasoi.
Kate Stoltzfus, September 22, 2017
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Tessa Horstmann, a tutor at Impact Academy at Orchard Lake, helps Ashton Ruiz learn to identify letters. The Lakeville, Minn., public school is among an estimated 115 teacher-powered schools that are operating in 18 states.
Tessa Horstmann, a tutor at Impact Academy at Orchard Lake, helps Ashton Ruiz learn to identify letters. The Lakeville, Minn., public school is among an estimated 115 teacher-powered schools that are operating in 18 states.
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School & District Management In Minnesota and U.S., Teacher-Powered Schools Take Root
Impact Academy at Orchard Lake is among a growing number of public schools where teachers have a say in what goes on, from the learning approach to staffing and scheduling.
Madeline Will, April 18, 2017
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What the Best School Districts Do Right: When it comes to school management, asking if school districts should decentralize is the wrong question, writes Susan Moore Johnson.
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School & District Management Opinion What the Best School Districts Do Right
When it comes to school management, asking if school districts should decentralize is the wrong question, writes Susan Moore Johnson.
Susan Moore Johnson, November 15, 2016
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Third graders in Brook Tilley’s class at Glenwood Leadership Academy pair up with partners. The school is part of the Evansville Vandenburgh district’s transformation zone.
Third graders in Brook Tilley’s class at Glenwood Leadership Academy pair up with partners. The school is part of the Evansville Vandenburgh district’s transformation zone.
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School & District Management Inside a School District's 'Transformation Zone'
Leaders of an Indiana system make sure that the central office, not just principals and teachers, help carry the weight of school turnaround efforts.
Daarel Burnette II, September 27, 2016
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Then-U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., surveys a post-Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans during a helicopter tour on Aug. 30, 2005.
Then-U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., surveys a post-Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans during a helicopter tour on Aug. 30, 2005.
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School & District Management Opinion New Orleans' Path to Education Equity
Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu: The New Orleans charter school experience offers a model in upending racial inequity.
Mary Landrieu, August 25, 2015
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School & District Management Nevada Moves to Carve Up Fast-Growing District
Now that state lawmakers have approved a split-up of the Clark County school district, which includes Las Vegas, the question is how to go about doing it.
Denisa R. Superville, July 7, 2015
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School & District Management Opinion Most Schools Don't Model Democracy
Meier: While it's true democracy is never complete, we do kids and ourselves a disservice to pretend that our schools are living examples of even an imperfect democracy.
Deborah Meier, December 2, 2014
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School & District Management Opinion Empowerment Begins With Preparation
Ronda Harmon, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of School Councils (KASC) in Danville, Kentucky talks about preparing for a new beginning.
Stu Silberman, June 20, 2014
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School & District Management Opinion Choice: For Shareholders or Stakeholders?
Meier: Neighborhood schools have some important advantages in terms of political democracy, precisely by encouraging people to talk across class and race. Alas, not many contain such mixtures!
Deborah Meier, March 27, 2014
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Meeting District Needs Opinion Egypt and NYC
In New York City, there are a thousand schools with a million-plus students, and yet there is no avenue for a democratic voice.
Deborah Meier, February 10, 2011
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School & District Management Opinion What Are the Trade-Offs?
Dear Diane,
Lucid and to the point, Diane. I'll sign on. Once again, we may confront a law that penalizes schools that don't eliminate differential test score outcomes that correlate with race, class, disability, or language spoken at home. (And that pays teachers based on scores, and favors charters, etc.) Higher teacher expectations shall overcome all, and, based on the Central Falls example in R.I., will cost the jobs also of "failing" principals, custodians, aides, and secretaries. To make matters more ludicrous, the tests involved are, it is agreed, grossly inadequate to the task.
Deborah Meier, March 25, 2010
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