The ways in which educational systems are governed and managed contribute a great deal to the eventual success of teaching and learning in schools and classrooms. Governance relates to decisions and processes that define relationships within organizations as well as between and among private and public organizations. Governance defines expectations, grants authority and delineates lines of accountability. Educational governance is particularly complex and multifaceted. School and district leaders work with school boards and other entities to establish the practices and processes under which schools operate. County, state and federal governments also play a large role in the governance of educational organizations. The policies and regulations established and implemented by these actors are at the heart of public education.
In the area of governance, CEG researchers study policy development and implementation issues. We focus on school boards and teachers’ unions to determine how their actions impact the ways in which districts and schools operate, the regulations that govern how teachers teach, and the policies that influence how students learn. We also examine alternative forms of governance through studies of school networks, charter schools and charter management organizations.