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State Education Governance Models PDF - Education governance structures differ from state to state and directly affect how education policy leaders interact. Understanding the differences between structures can help explain the education policy process in terms of how decisions are made and the how authority is divided. Forty-one of the 50 states fall into one of four general categories that describe how state boards of education are constituted and whether the chief state school officer is appointed or elected. (Vincent Scudella, ECS, August 2013) ...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Governance--State Boards/Chiefs/Agencies - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

K-12 State Governance Database - This database contains information about the K-12 governance structures in each state and is broken into three levels: State, Regional and School District. The state level has information about governors, legislatures, chief state school officers and state boards of education. This information was updated in 2013; other sections were last updated in 2003, although updates are expected later this year. The regional level has information about regional boards and regional superintendents. The school district level has information about local school boards, local superintendents, schools and collective bargaining agreements....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Governance--School Boards--Training - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

State Education Governance Models PDF - This ECS StateNote describes four state education governance models that 40 states use, and provides notes about the states and territories whose governance models do not conform to any of the four models. (Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, Updated January 2011)...


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