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March 2012

Advocacy
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Behind the scenes of education policy change

March 2012                                       Number 3 Vol. 69 

Features

The View Inside the Legislator’s Office
BY BELINDA W. PUSTKA
A retired superintendent gains a unique perspective of capital dealings while working as a staff aide during a state legislative session in Texas.

Front-Line Advocacy  
Four school system leaders on how they have influenced legislative change at the federal level: Robert Grimesey Jr. on fighting vouchers; Barton Goering on an improbable jobs fund; Margaret Smith on making sense of grades; and Benny Gooden on building effective relationships.

Show Me the Money, Honey
BY NOELLE ELLERSON
A member of the AASA public policy staff delivers her strategies for how education leaders can take on the role of appropriations lobbying.

Daniel Pink on Carrots and Sticks, Merit Pay and Leadership Challenges
BY BETSY SAMSON
A conversation with Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, about increasing autonomy and intrinsic motivation in schools.

Frontline

STARTING POINT 
The editor connects the phenomenon of superintendent blogging to this month’s theme, advocacy.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Member blogs on our microsite, AASA Connect, including those by superintendents David Britten, Wyoming, Mich.; Michael Mugits, Green Island, N.Y.; Scot Graden, Saline, Mich.; Bob Wells, Edna, Texas; and Keith Shoulders, Carlisle County, Ky.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
The Double-Headed Job Search

How do you handle the demand of an excellent candidate for the deputy superintendency who wants special treatment for the trailing spouse in job considerations? Our panel of four weighs in on our microsite, AASA Connect.

LEGAL BRIEF
The Line on Public Employee Free Speech Rights
BY V. WAYNE YOUNG
The federal courts allow some limitations when the speech is viewed as more personal than public in nature or when it negatively affects the organization’s work.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Disconnecting the Board From Its Counsel
BY NICHOLAS D. CARUSO JR.
To keep tabs on the district’s legal costs, clearly delineate who gets to talk to the school board’s attorney. Otherwise, chaos can reign. 

MY VIEW
What Could Be
BY LYNN P. MOODY
What constituted playful dreaming as a young girl, the author now refers to in more professional terms — “planning,” “setting goals” and “envisioning.”

Fool’s Gold in Early-Retirement Incentives
BY JAMES P. HOOVER
Beware of an unfunded liability where the school district is left responsible for the cost regardless of whether savings actually materialize.

 ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK
A doctoral dissertation identifies the strategies that worked for superintendents in successful tax ratification votes. 

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member Searetha Smith-Collins explains why she wrote An Agenda for Equity.

BOOK REVIEWS

Book Review: Copyright for Schools 

Copyright for Schools
by Carol Simpson
Reviewed by
Elaine Giugliano

Book Review: Good Governance Is a Choice

 Good Governance Is A Choice
by Randy Quinn and Linda J. Dawson
Reviewed by
Brian L. Benzel

Book Review: The Pedagogy of Confidence

The Pedagogy of Confidence
by Yvette Jackson
Reviewed by
Larry Leverett

Book Review: Political Education

Political Education
by Christopher T. Cross
Reviewed by
Philip E. Geiger

Book Review: The Right to Be Out

The Right to Be Out 
by Stuart Biegel
Reviewed by Bob Schultz

 Book Review: Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education

Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education 
by Allan R. Odden
Reviewed by
Edward J. Sullivan


 AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
The Treasures Under My Blotter
BY PATRICIA E. NEUDECKER
In her collection of mostly inspirational postcards, AASA’s president keeps one that haunts her, serving as a reminder of the importance of standing up for something you believe in or something worth protecting. 

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
A Mission of Advocacy
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Question: What can AASA do that no other organization can? Answer: Advocacy on behalf of public education representing the nation’s superintendents and administrators. The association’s director elaborates.

AASA SCHOOL SOLUTIONS 
Personal, Private and On-Demand Teacher Support
BY GEORGE CIGALE
The founder and CEO of Tutor.com discusses his company’s launch of the first, personalized on-demand professional development for teachers.

PEOPLE WATCH 
The latest developments on the personnel front, notably the comings and goings of superintendents.

PROFILE
Lewis D. Carter Jr.
BY MARIAN KISCH
The superintendent in Monroe County, Ky., is the fifth in his family to hold the post, dating back to the start of the 20th century.

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READER REPLY (Letters)


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