The Munileague 2015 Education Committee Report is now available.
King County’s 19 school districts range from urban, to suburban, to rural, and from a size of over 50,000 students in Seattle to just 42 students in Skykomish. The Municipal League Foundation’s Education Committee wanted to understand the characteristics and the challenges facing school districts countywide, and to determine what locally elected school boards can do to make themselves and their districts more effective. We wanted to assess how and to what extent districts have successfully overcome challenges they faced, and what board practices may lead to improving student achievement. The goals for the report are to encourage a culture of self-examination and continuous learning on school boards, and to stimulate a community dialogue about effective school governance that is based on the report’s findings and recommendations.
Our study is based on an online survey, interviews, a review of national research on effective school governance, an examination of data on district demographics, spending and student achievement, and on a citizen-based process of exploration and debate. We did not examine practices in individual districts or attempt to identify specific policies or tools that could be generalized to all districts.
Read the full report with recommendations here: 2015 Munileague School Governance Report