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Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking – The 'Portfolio' Approach to School District Governance

Policy Brief - Mar 29, 2016

Author(s) - William Mathis and Kevin Welner, University of Colorado Boulder

A new concise policy brief considers the research evidence of “portfolio” districts. According to the brief, the approach shifts decision-making away from local school district leaders. Despite concerns, the approach is now being used in several large urban districts across the country. The authors find that changing the governance structure creates a “false promise” for communities and could distract from larger efforts to address societal inequities.