The Superintendent and Politics Research Paper by Nicky

The Superintendent and Politics
A look at the political pressures facing the school superintendents.
# 148660 | 2,887 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2011 in Education (Administration) , Public Administration (General)

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This paper examines how the position of superintendent is one which, while affording its holder a degree of gravitas, authority and singular status, may also be personally taxing, professionally difficult and ideologically problematic. In particular, the paper considers the ways in which political pressure may manifest to effect either the budgetary realities facing the superintendent or the curricular demands incumbent upon him. It also discusses the challenging nature of the work and role of the superintendent, especially as the process and implications of administration are impacted by the politics of money, community and educational theory.

From the Paper:

"Still, the notion that there is a shortage of available superintendents as a result of the impossibility of meeting budgetary consensus does not truly tell the story, even if it is well-evidenced by hiring trends which are drawing attention toward less traditional candidates for the position. To the point, "the wave of nontraditional superintendents, people coming from the business, the military, or the political side to take over school systems, [is] very popular in the large urban districts." (Stanley, 1) In such contexts where shortages of resources, obstacles in meeting state or national testing standards, disciplinary problems and underqualified or underpaid educators, it is increasingly attractive to consider a candidate whose perception for large, bureaucratic organizational tasks will allow him or her to weather the complexities and frustrations of an array of forces pulling one in multiple directions at once. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AP. (2004). Georgia considers banning 'evolution.' CNN. Online at
  • Bjork, L.G. & Kowalski, T.J. (2005). The Contemporary Superintendent. Corwin Press.
  • Danitz, T. (2000). States Confronting School Superintendent Shortage. Stateline. Online at
  • Edwards, M.E. (2006). The Modern School Superintendent: An Overview of the Role and Responsibilities in the 21st Century. iUniverse, Inc.
  • Glass, T. & Bjork. L.G. (2003). The Superintendent Shortage: Findings from Research On School Board. Journal of School Leadership, 13(3).

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