American School Board Journal

Tom on Point: Picking the wrong fight

Let’s be honest: Not everyone likes public education. Some people are committed to undermining this institution by depriving it of necessary funding, burdening it with excessive regulations, and deliberately painting it as a failure despite overwhelming evidence that it is educating more students at a higher level than ever before. If you’re determined to hurt public schools, truth-telling hardly serves your purpose.

From the Editor: Senior editor extraordinaire

A couple of months ago, Del Stover appeared at my office door and delivered the news I had long dreaded hearing: He was retiring.

Del’s words have graced the pages of NSBA publications for 32 years, most recently as senior editor of American School Board Journal and as the lead editor of the Urban Advocate section of the magazine.

Opioid Crisis Another Dilemma for Urban Education

Story by Micah Ali

When President Donald Trump dramatically declared the opioid crisis a “national health emergency” a month ago, he was announcing the grim reality that those of us working for and in low-income communities of color have faced on the ground for a generation—that opioids and other drugs kill and destroy hope.

Fair Representation

Urban districts strive to solve disproportionality in their schools

Story by Michelle Healy

Disproportionality isn’t a word that regularly pops up in casual conversation, but for school leaders invested in the work of improving urban education, it’s an essential part of the dialogue and the mission of equity. 

Teacher Diversity Matters

Critical Care

Recruitment, retention are part of the complex solution

Story by Del Stover

Urban school boards have struggled for years to improve the diversity of their teaching staffs, so students will have at least some teachers who look like them.

Yet, such efforts don’t seem to have helped all that much. Although the number of students of color increases year after year, the number of minority teachers fails to keep pace.

Keeping the Arts Alive

Critical Care

A Connecticut district invests in the arts during challenging budget times

Story by Mark D. Benigni, Robert E. Kosienski Jr., and Brian R. Cyr

Student Press

Critical Care

Strong journalism programs are essential to civics, media literacy

Story by Glenn Cook

Emily Smith’s students were suspicious. They were working on a profile about the newly hired principal at Kansas’ Pittsburg High School, and statements about her background and transcript weren’t adding up.

Killer Epidemic

Critical Care

Schools deal with repercussions of the nation’s opioid crisis

Story by Michelle Healy

Falmouth, Massachusetts, on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod, is every inch the quintessential coastal town. A popular destination for summer tourists, Falmouth is famous for its beaches, ocean and marine research facilities, and passenger ferries that travel to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands. 

Building the Perfect School

Critical Care

Building the Perfect School

Story by Del Stover

What to consider when planning for new or retrofitted school buildings 

When you think about it, the architecture of most K-12 schools today is designed for an instructional model that’s long outdated.


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