The secret to good schools might surprise you

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    May 7, 2014 6:24 a.m.


    So if leaders of schools focus on student achievement it can impact student achievement.

    Now there's science!

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 6, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    An assertive board with its eye on student achievement--wonderful, and too rare. Too often board members are left- or right-wing cranks who mess everything up, like this character in Davis County who wants "poor children' to stand in a different lunch line and get peanut butter sandwiches. Open face.

  • Long Lost America Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:14 p.m.

    I've read this article twice and I still can't find the hard data cited nor what is exactly meant (beyond broad and general labelling) of what exactly is defined as a "good" school board or member, other than that they are "moderate" interpreted as saying they are not advocates of "developing the whole child" (such as music programs) and stress achievment (sounds like some of Utah's past same old failed school reform rhetoric?).

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    May 3, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    My experience is that the principals, not the school board, are the important factor. I once served on the board of a private school whose principal was a great PR guy, but advocated policies that many of the teachers thought were bad for the kids. But five of the seven board members thought he was wonderful and voted for everything he asked. It took a year for two more board members to realize what was going on and refused to OK his proposals--upon which he promptly resigned. The new principal came in and the school has flourished.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    School boards don't raise children, parents do. The best schools have the best homes.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    May 3, 2014 7:17 a.m.

    In Alpine School District we have a couple right-wing extremists who are more focused on taking on the federal government than running a local school district and student achievement. One is not even a supporter of public schools as evidenced by where his kids go to school. Heaven forbid these extremists take over the school board. It will be a disaster.

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    May 1, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    The problem with this sort of study data is that no one is defining student achievement, and when they do so, it often means scoring high on tests that have yet to show any measure of correlation between high scores and a successful life.

    A board that focuses on student achievement is wonderful, as long as that achievement means something beyond good scores on yet another pointless test that measures esoteric bits of nearly useless skills or information.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 23, 2014 7:33 p.m.

    I know a bad school board can make our schools hell for our teachers and schools. They often make shortsighted decisions based on political pressure. However, I welcome our the school board of our community. They seem to be a breath of fresh air and want to make decisions to unify the community rather than divide. T

  • utahprincipal801 Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    Precisely why school board member elections should NOT be partison!!

  • Owen Heber City, UT
    April 23, 2014 12:18 a.m.

    No surprise here: political moderates are better administrators. Yet another argument for keeping school board elections non-partisan.