Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Leadership


Although boards of education have been in existence for 300 years in the United States, until the 1950's little attention had been paid to the provisions of well organized and systematically written board policies. It has been only since the 1950's that educational policy development has been commonly accepted as the most important function of local school boards. The decade of the 1960's was a period of rapid change for public education. School boards were challenged and subjected to sharp criticisms. Employee professional negotiations, militant students, community factions, and troubled taxpayers brought to bear new pressures to boards of education. The already difficult task of offering quality education for all children by school boards became even more awesome than ever before.


A Field Project Presented to Faculty of the Graduate School the University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for Specialist in Education Degree. Copyright Roger H. Petersen January, 1974

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