School districts find that success in bond elections is important to continued ...
School districts find that success in bond elections is important to continued growth and development of schools. However, many districts find difficulty in developing the stakeholder support required to obtain a passing margin on bond referenda. In addition, research suggests that districts with prior bond election failures are more likely to incur future defeat in attempting bond passage. The purpose of this article is to analyze qualitatively three school districts that achieved bond election success after a prior failure. The results suggest that obtaining the support of teachers, listening and communicating to all stakeholders, and consistently building a foundation of trust to help in overcoming the negative sentiment. These results provide educational administration programs data regarding the importance of relationships in overcoming negative sentiment in bond elections.
Democratic governance of public school systems is a uniquely American institution. Despite ...
Democratic governance of public school systems is a uniquely American institution. Despite a long history of local school boards and their responsibility of governing public schools little statistical information has been available on these public bodies. This report draws on the results of a survey of 323 school districts which provides an exceptional look at those who govern Texas small school districts. Almost 80% of United States school districts have 1,000 or less students (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). This study's target population was school districts in Texas with 500 or less students.