You say school boards are doing OK

Schools boards are doing OK, you said in response to March’s question. And if that doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, consider that with all the calamities befalling other governing bodies—from those running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to the brain trusts of Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch—a little humility might not be so bad.

To the question. “How are school boards doing?” Forty-three percent of you agreed with Response B: “On average, school boards do no better or worse than most other governmental bodies when it comes to maintaining focus and avoiding unnecessary conflicts.”

“The vast majority of school boards perform their jobs well and make a genuine effort to focus on high educational goals and objectives,” says Patrick Francomano, a school committee member from Massachusetts. “Boards are still vulnerable, however, to misdirection and personal conflicts which can only be overcome by ongoing professional development and the administrative team’s support and collaboration.”

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