Professional Control and Lay Governance in Schools: Implications for Addressing Student Diversity

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Abstract

While we commonly accept that the purpose of schools properly focuses on teaching and learning, the focus of control over these functions has traditionally resided far from the school-site level of the professional, and with the lay board of education. The potential impact of the tension between these arenas of professional control and lay governance as it relates to the development of instructional strategies for addressing issues of student diversity within schools remains largely unexamined. This reviews some new and different models of school governance which have been generated to consider how those models, while continuing to offer a needed lay perspective on public education, may also better accommodate teacher professionalism outcomes for addressing student diversity.

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