Local Democracy and Politics in Education: Does it help or hinder student achievement?
Dr. Carrie Sampson, Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
In 2008, The Atlantic published an article entitled “First, Kill All the School Boards: A modest proposal to fix the schools.” The article examined the failure of school boards to lead school districts in creating systems that foster student success. Do school board members possess the necessary experience to provide effective school district leadership? As elected or appointed officials, can school boards effectively represent the interests of local communities? Join us for a FRANK talk exploring the role of democracy in education and civic engagement. How do school boards and citizen initiatives help or hinder student achievement? What role should community members play in education? In what ways do politics impact student opportunities to succeed?