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State School Boards Feel New Urgency to Flex Muscles

Saheli April 2, 2016 Education Comments Off on State School Boards Feel New Urgency to Flex Muscles

Arizona State Sens. Kimberly Yee, center, and Sylvia Allen watch as Sen. Jeff Dial explains his support for legislation clarifying the powers of the state school board and the state superintendent.

State boards of education are seeking to reassert their influence in the advent of the Every Student Succeeds Act, as much of the decisionmaking around standards, assessments, and accountability devolves back from federal to state control.

Yet those boards—many of them a blend of retired educators and business leaders who take office by appointment or election, depending on the state—often find themselves squeezed between local boards, state education departments, and legislatures over who’s calling the policy shots.

[Source:- Education week]

 

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