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Articles tagged with local governance

PDK/Gallup Poll Reflects Americans’ Support for School Board Governance

Local Community Public Schools Earn High Marks – A & B – From Public School Parents

National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel joined William “Bill” J. Bushaw, Chief Executive Officer, PDK International, Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education, and a cadre of esteemed experts today at The Gallup Building in Washington, D.C., to co-present poll findings and overview report highlights.

The 2014 PDK/Gallup poll results include Americans’ knowledge and opinions of the Common Core State Standards; student assessment using standardized tests; governance, quality, and challenges facing America’s public schools; international comparisons of student achievement; and charter schools and vouchers.

A significant finding of the report is the public’s increased support for school board governance with over half of Americans – 56 percent – saying that local school boards should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the public schools. Also of note is that nearly one-third of the public views financial support as the No. 1 challenge facing public schools in America.

In his remarks, Gentzel underscored that “the poll findings provide us with great insight on Americans’ support for local community public schools and state school board associations.” He also characterized the public’s attitude regarding the federal role,  as “a reach too far,” emphasizing the importance of local leadership.

The 2014 PDK/Gallup poll results are available at

Excerpts from the presentation of the findings featuring NSBA  Executive Director Gentzel

Excerpts from the presentation of the findings featuring NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel


Staff|August 20th, 2014|Categories: Announcements|Tags: , , , , |

Michigan State report finds strong support for local governance

Americans support local control of their schools and school board governance, according to a new study by researchers at Michigan State University.

Analyzing data from Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa polls and existing research, the study’s authors found that local school governance is seen as critical to the day-to-day operations of schools. It notes that the public believes federal, state and local governments should be involved in education, and that the public favors decisions related to equitable funding and standards across all schools to be made by federal and state officials.

“A lot of policymakers today think they can just go around the local boards; that the federal government can create a policy that goes directly to the schools or works around the existing institutions,” Assistant Professor of Education Rebecca Jacobsen said in a press release. “But that’s not going to work in the long run, because local control is not dead. People still feel it plays an important role.”

Jacobsen concluded that the findings are important particularly given the recent efforts put into dismantling local control in favor of a greater federal presence.

“Some argue that local school governance is a ‘dinosaur’ that needs to be replaced, but local leaders are going to be the ones implementing these federal policies,” Jacobsen said. “So if they’re going to have a major hand in how these policies get shaped at the local level, then we better pay attention to their resources, their capabilities, and not just dismiss them.”

The analysis was published in Public Opinion Quarterly.

Joetta Sack-Min|July 18th, 2012|Categories: School Boards, School Reform, Board governance, School Board News|Tags: , , , , |
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