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 emphasized school boards’ failure to lead school districts in creating systems that foster student success. On one hand, school board members might not have the necessary experience to provide effective school district leadership. On the other hand, as elected or appointed officials, school boards represent local communities and are one of the closest democratic links to education. Join us as the FRANK talk will explore the role of local communities and democracy in education. How do school boards and other initiatives to involve local communities in education help or hinder student achievement? What role should community members play in education? In what ways do politics impact student opportunities to succeed?