Something Special—And I’ve got a beautiful bridge to sell you!
Concerned—So glad to hear “someone” knows something! Perhaps our school board and their “mighty leader” need to brush up on school board policies and procedures. Thank you for your input. I am also very impressed with the addition of 20 new faculty parking spaces Mrs. Davis plans to add. I’m waiting to see her walk that distance to the building, too! (I’m thinking she’d rather move the building than lower herself to do that)!
Curriculum and School Boards
It’s the local school board, not the hired administration, that has the authority to approve curriculum
What role does the school board have in approving curriculum?
There often is confusion about the role of the school board in setting the direction for education in the district. Obviously, the board hires the superintendent, so it exerts great influence on this direction at that time. The exact duties and responsibilities of the school board vary from state to state.
In Illinois at least, the role of the board in setting educational goals goes further. Here are some items from the Illinois School Code that relate to this:
“The school board shall direct, through policy, the superintendent in his or her charge of the administration of the school district, including without limitation considering the recommendations of the superintendent concerning the budget, building plans, the locations of sites, the selection, retention, and dismissal of employees, and the selection of textbooks, instructional material, and courses of study.” (105 ILCS 5/10-16.7)
Moreover, the role of the superintendent regarding curriculum is legally restricted to making a recommendation to the board: The district superintendent is required to “make recommendations to the board concerning … the selection of textbooks, instructional material and courses of study.” (105 ILCS 5/10-21.4 )
Textbooks can only be adopted in the full light of day, and with board majority approval: “… textbooks and courses of instruction shall be adopted or changed only at the regular meetings of the board and by a vote of a majority of the full membership of the board …” (105 ILCS 5/34-19)
Vince and Concerned…
WOW, I love how you just believe what ever someone puts on the internet. Do you believe wikipedia is a great source for research papers too? I would suggest to you Vince, that you actually look up these quotes from Concerned. They are not complete or accurate. The second one doesn’t even exist. The actual version discusses Principles and their role. I think Concerned has her old version from 15 years ago.
105 ILCS 5/10-21.4 Superintendent – Duties.
105 ILCS 5/10-21.4a Principals and assistant principals – Duties.
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