School Administrator

 

December 2013

The Resegregation of Public Schools

 

 

Superintendents' frontline battles for
equity, diversity and community

December 2013                                       Number 11 Vol. 70 

 

Features

The Resegregation of America’s Public Schools
BY SHELDON BERMAN
The author oversaw the struggle to maintain voluntary desegregation in Louisville’s schools in the face of political pressure and an unfavorable Supreme Court decision.

New Faces in Suburban Spaces
BY ERICA FRANKENBERG AND JENNIFER B. AYSCUE
What the researchers of 2,364 suburban districts suggest can be learned about responding to rapid demographic and racial changes. They classified the reactions of six types of suburban districts.

If the Playing Field Is Tilted, Why Level It?
BY DEL BURNS
An account of the pull of choice and individual freedom overwhelming the quest for equality and diversity in public schools. The former Wake County, N.C., superintendent poses three questions to raise when facing controversial policy choices.

Resegregation in the Heartland
BY JOHN J. MACKIEL
A city’s conscious choice to perpetuate segregation. Omaha, Neb.’s longtime superintendent discusses public policies that isolate students by race.

Misteaching History on Racial Segregation
BY RICHARD ROTHSTEIN
Ignoring purposeful discriminatory government policies of the past contributes to the ongoing achievement gap in K-12 education today.

Culturally Competent Leadership
BY CAPRICE D. HOLLINS
The challenge of effectively educating children of color when fear and unconscious biases prevail in school communities.

Frontline  

STARTING POINT
Recognition of an AASA member who contributed substantively to the editorial plans of this issue.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Preferred Professional Development

An infographic shows how superintendents want their own training delivered.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Monthly excerpt selections of five superintendent members’ blogs.  

 

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Backing Off a Public Vow

A principal vows to resign over a “limited” penalty for a fighting student. The superintendent sees the suspension differently. Our panel offers resolutions.

LEGAL BRIEF
Minimizing Teacher Cheating on Student Exams
BY MICHELE HANDZEL
As test integrity officer for the state, the author sees the ramifications of weak test-integrity processes — loss of district reputation and costly lawsuit defense.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Conversing Courageously With Your Board
BY STEVEN W. ENOCH
Six challenging discussions to initiate with one simple goal — making board governance a more rewarding experience for all.

MY VIEW
What’s in a Name? Redefining the Substitute Teacher

BY DAVID P. SKLARZ
When students fail to take the substitute teacher seriously, maybe it’s because educators deliver an unintended message about lowered expectations.



Reading and Resources

RESOURCE BANK
School Climate

Differing perceptions of teachers and administrators at like-minded schools.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
Mark Y. Lineburg, superintendent, Bristol, Va., on co-authoring (with Rex Gearheart) Educating Students in Poverty: Effective Practices for Leadership and Teaching (Eye on Education, 2013)

BOOK REVIEWS

 

BookEducationalCourage

Educational Courage
by Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin
Reviewed by
Bob Schultz

BookFuturesofSchool

The Futures of
School Reform

edited by Jal Mehta, Robert B. Schwartz and Frederick M. Hess
Reviewed by
Ronald S. Thomas

BookLeadersOughttoKnow

Leaders Ought to Know
by Phillip Van Hooser
Reviewed by Frank Kelly

BookSchoolReformLandscape

The School Reform Lanscape
by Christopher H. Tienken and
Donald C. Orlich
 
Reviewed by
Leonard H. Elovitz

BookSchoolhouseShams

Schoolhouse Shams
by Peter Downs
Reviewed by
Ronald S. Thomas

 BookUrbanSchoolLeadership

Urban School Leadership
by Tom Payzant
Reviewed by Charles Rudiger 

 

 

 

 


AASA Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
When Disaster Strikes
BY AMY F. SICHEL
What we still can learn about organizational responsiveness from the Tylenol crisis.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Two Parallel School Systems
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Deliberately ignoring the pervasive effects of poverty on children leads to haves and have-nots.

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
Making Schools Safer Through Process and Preparedness
BY WILLIAM J. PERRY
Reducing safety hazards by preventing unauthorized access to schools.

PEOPLE WATCH
Our collection of AASA members on the move in their careers.

PROFILE
Sharon L. Contreras

BY MARIAN KISCH
Syracuse, N.Y.’s superintendent puts her fancy footsteps behind a “Say Yes” model to lift students.

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters)

 

 

LEADERSHIP LITE

   

 

 

 

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