Are Local School Boards Vital in 21st Century America?

Are Local School Boards Vital in 21st Century America?

April 26, 2011 - 4:00 pm
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
1016 16th Street NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Some education reformers contend that elected local school boards are anachronisms that maintain the status quo rather than change agents bent on ushering U.S. education toward a brighter future. Their supporters argue that they embody democracy, give voice and power to the local community, and are more reliable and trustworthy than any other school-governance structure.

Wherever you may stand on this issue, please join some thoughtful leaders for a lively debate about the role of school boards in today’s public-education system—and in tomorrow’s.  


image001.jpg Christopher S. Barclay, President, Montgomery County Board of Education, Maryland
ALB photo.JPG Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association

Chester E. Finn, Jr., President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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Gene I. Maeroff, Founding Director, Hechinger Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University and author of School Boards in America: A Flawed Exercise in Democracy


Mike Petrilli

Michael Petrilli, Executive Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute