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Small School Governance In Texas: Practices and Challenges of School Districts With 500 Or Less Students
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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.

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U.S. History
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Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
Donnie Snider
Lloyd Goldsmith
#GoOpen District Launch Packet
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Across the country, districts are choosing to #GoOpen and transitioning to the ...

Across the country, districts are choosing to #GoOpen and transitioning to the use of openly licensed educational resources to improve student learning in their schools. Openly licensed educational resources enable districts to reallocate significant funds currently spent on inflexible, static learning materials to resources and activities that accelerate the transition to digital learning. These include implementing new professional learning programs for teachers, developing a robust technology infrastructure to support digital learning, and funding new leadership roles for educators who curate and create openly licensed educational materials.
The #GoOpen District Launch Packet is designed for districts that have decided to implement a systematic approach to incorporating openly licensed educational resources into their curriculum by becoming a #GoOpen District.

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Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
U.S. Department of Education
Provider Set:
Office of Educational Technology
Overcoming Negative Sentiment in Public School Bond Elections: An Analysis of Three Case Studies
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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.

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Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
Wesley Hickey