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Charter school board members’ readiness to serve and implications for training

Marytza Gawlik (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
Ann Allen (College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 14 February 2019




Analyzing data collected from the charter school board members and the superintendent in a charter school district in a southeastern state about the quality and usefulness of training, the purpose of this paper is to provide an important foundation for understanding training and development for charter school boards in the USA.


This study uses a qualitative case study approach to examine a charter school district and the preparedness of charter school board members to serve in that district. The authors sampled one charter school district in the southeast region of the USA and interviewed five charter school board members and the superintendent.


The first theme is composition and responsibility of charter school board members, which outlines the roles and responsibilities that charter school board members assume when they serve on this charter district board. The second theme is preparedness to serve, which traces the readiness of charter school board members to serve on a board. The final theme is training and documents related to the kind of training charter school board members receive once they are appointed to the board.


This study provides a conceptual framework about the dimensions and standards associated with preparedness to serve as a charter school board member and broadens the authors’ understanding of the roles and responsibilities of charter school boards, their preparedness to serve and the training and development they receive.



Gawlik, M. and Allen, A. (2019), "Charter school board members’ readiness to serve and implications for training", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 57 No. 2, pp. 102-117.



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