A diminished role for school committees
CommonWealth Magazine - 12/01/2014
Twenty years ago the Massachusetts Education Reform Act (MERA) restructured K-12 public education. Among the many changes – Chapter 70 funding, charter schools, learning standards, curriculum frameworks, and more – was a redesign of the school committee-superintendent relationship. From a reform perspective, school committees would no longer meddle in the management of district affairs. Adopting a business model, the committee would be akin to a corporate board, focusing on policy matters, while the superintendent would be the CEO, responsible for the management of the district. From this policy vantage point, school committees could help drive education reform. It was an interesting design, but how has it worked out?