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From the Boardroom to the School Board: Why Business Engagement in School Governance is Important

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 12:00pm
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School boards can be responsible for everything from approving performance evaluation systems, hiring district leadership, and negotiating union contracts, to developing and enforcing budgets. Their decisions have consequences for local school systems, but there is limited information available about how they function. Now, given the recent trend toward increased local control, school boards are likely to have increased authority over accountability decisions in the future.

On May 15, ICW unveiled a new 13 city case study which takes a closer look at school boards across the country. The report highlights rural and urban districts with diverse school boards to uncover the extent to which the business community has played a role in school governance. We examined how school boards function and help to understand the importance of making them more accountable, effective, and focused on the needs of students.

SPEAKERS

Kelly Brough, President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association

Linda Childears, President and CEO, Daniels Fund

Sandy Kress, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump; Fellow, Education Policy, George W. Bush Institute

Don McAdams, Chairman and Founder, Center for Reform of School Systems

Cheryl Oldham, Vice President, Institute for a Competitive Workforce

Andrew Rotherham, Founder, Bellwether Education Partners

Margaret Spellings, President, Institute for a Competitive Workforce; Senior Advisor, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Juan Williams, Journalist, Author; Political Analyst, Fox News Channel
 


 

AGENDA

 

8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

 

9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

  • Linda Childears, President and CEO, Daniels Fund

9:30 a.m.

School Board Case Studies Report

A look at the report through the eyes of the author and a discussion of the role school boards play in the United States.

  • Andrew J. Rotherham, Co-Founder and Partner, Bellwether Education

  • Margaret Spellings, President, Institute for a Competitive Workforce; Senior Advisor, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

     

Moderator: Juan Williams, Journalist, Author; Political Analyst, Fox News Channel
 

10:45 a.m.

The Silver Bullet? Business Engagement in School Boards

Given the movement toward increased local control, school boards are likely to have even greater responsibility for shaping the direction of education reform. This panel will discuss the critical role of school boards, how the business community can engage, and why their involvement is so important.

  • Kelly Brough, President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

  • Anne Bryant, Executive Director, National School Board Association

  • Don McAdams, Chairman and Founder, Center for Reform of School Systems

     

Moderator: Sandy Kress, Senior Counsel, Akin Group; Fellow, Education Policy, George W. Bush Institute
 

11:55 a.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Cheryl Oldham, Vice President, Institute for a Competitive Workforce

12:00 p.m.

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Location

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20062

May 15, 2012
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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