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This blog is written by members of the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC), a partnership between the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Please note that the information provided in each blog post represents the individual author's point of view and does not necessarily reflect the position of the OLAC, BASA or ODE.
We love hearing the different ways schools and districts are putting OLAC resources to good use!
We recently came across a blog post from the principal of Conesville Elementary School in River View Local School District. They are using tools in OLAC's Online Learning Dashboard, combined with formative instructional practices resources and support from Battelle for Kids to improve their instruction and assessment practices.
In 1897 Mark Twain wrote “God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.”
Over 100 years late, in an article in the Atlantic entitled, “First Kill All the School Boards” policy analyst Matt Miller (2008) echoed that same sentiment when he argued that local control and local school boards are the basic cause of poor student performance. He wrote, “What of school boards? In an ideal world, we would scrap them. Of course, the chances of eliminating school boards anytime soon are nil. But at least we can limit their role.” (p.95).
In contrast, former U.S Secretary of Education and former superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, Rod Paige, spoke these words in 2002, “The effectiveness of school board governance is the single most important determinant of school district success or failure.” In support of that notion, education reform author Don McAdams (2000) wrote, “If school systems improve, it will be because boards make them improve. No one else can.”