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The Leadership Squeeze of District Consolidation

 

Mergers can be gut-wrenching but
doable when conditions are ripe

June 2014                                       Number 6 Vol. 71 

Features

The Emotions of Consolidation
BY SCOTT LaFEE
Getting to the point of a merger can be gut-wrenching all around for those in the school districts involved, which may explain why so few have taken place of late.
The Leadership Squeeze of Proposed Mergers
BY CHARLES S. DEDRICK
Six factors the author has seen get in the way of consummating a consolidation of school districts, even when conditions may be ripe.
Portfolio Management
BY ROBIN J. LAKE
One strategy in use by school districts partners charters and traditional schools to spark innovation in teaching and learning for all students.
 
Birth of a Charter School District
BY DAVID L. SIPKA
A Michigan community exercises state law to revive a district in decline by bringing in a charter management firm.
 
 

Freeing School-Site Decisions
BY THOMAS VAN SOELEN
Charter district status is enabling school teams in Decatur, Ga., to find solutions that meet particular needs without seeking formal approval by the school board.

 

 
 
 
Frontline

STARTING POINT
We want our readers invested, and book reviewing is one way we accomplish that.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Perceptions of Economic Status

An infographic about perceptions of districts’ economic conditions.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Five insights from AASA members’ recent postings.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Declining a Pay Increase

A candidate claims he's been rejected for a post because he is openly gay. Some parents had voiced concerns. Our panel sorts out the matter

LEGAL BRIEF
Protection From Open Meetings Violations

BY KIRK D. STRANG
Lay boards count on administrators to help them navigate the legalities whenever meetings take place, and few laws cause as many headaches.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
A Board Member’s Attack in Print
BY RICHARD E. MAYER
What to do about a board member who chronicles complaints from parents and publishes opinion pieces critical of the district?

FOCUS: PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
Setting a High Bar for Teachers’ Online Enrollment

BY ROBERT J. HARRIS
Applying district criteria to review teacher requests for graduate course work.

MY VIEW
Politics, Public Policy and Persimmons

BY LLOYD W. SNOW
His friends across the country ask how it feels to be a public school leader in the “reddest” state in America.

 

Reading and Resources

RESOURCE BANK
A recent doctoral study explored common barriers superintendents face in districtwide technology leadership.

BOOK REVIEWS

BookAllureofOrder
The Allure of Order
by Jal Mehta
Reviewed by Jim Frenck

BookAutisticBrain
The Autistic Brain
by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
Reviewed by Bob Schultz

BookDataWise
Data Wise
edited by Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City and Richard J. Murnane
Reviewed by
Mary B. Herrmann

BookMarketingSchools
Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities
by Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara

Reviewed by Art Stellar

BookMotivation
Motivation
by Brian Tracy
Reviewed by
John C. Fagan

BookTestingWars 
Testing Wars in the Public Schools
by William J. Reese
Reviewed by
Brian L. Benzel


AASA Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Keep Up Our Good Work Together!

BY AMY F. SICHEL
A final word from AASA’s president on a productive year at the helm with many renewed and new connections.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Charters Bring Us a Limited Answer

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA supports charter schools under certain circumstances, especially when district leaders play a role.

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
Build a Brand of Education Excellence

BY MARK REARDON
Strong brands are intentional. The chief learning officer of Quantum Learning Network describes ways superintendents can strengthen their brand.

PEOPLE WATCH
Our monthly installment of professional moves, especially into retirement.

PROFILE
Terry B. Grier

BY BILL GRAVES
During 30 years as a superintendent, the subject has learned when to back off the accelerator and when to race forward.
 

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters)

LEADERSHIP LITE

 

 

 

 

 

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