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Ensuring Policy Leadership Checklist

The extent to which boards govern through policy varies greatly. Boards that most effectively govern will:


  1. Refuse to consider issues that have already been settled in policy.
  2. React quickly and decisively when policy is not followed.
  3. Require the superintendent to develop administrative procedures with citations to appropriate board policies.
  4. Delete items that should be in administrative procedures.
  5. Adopt a policy review protocol that ensures the board’s entire policy manual is reviewed annually.
  6. Schedule policy agenda issues throughout the year, including reports on how policies are working.
  7. Review permissive authority under the law to determine whether certain actions are needed.
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