Hitting a Moving Target

How Politics Determines the Changing Roles of Superintendents and School Boards

Authored by: Thomas Alsbury

Handbook of Education Politics and Policy

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415660426
eBook ISBN: 9780203074107
Adobe ISBN: 9781135106775


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Schools and school governance structures began and have continued to be a seemingly paradoxical combination of 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 & Björk, 2003; Kirst, 2008; Wirt & Kirst, 2001).

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