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Phil Boyle discusses "Preserving the Public in Public Schools," On the Scene with The McCormick Foundation
the Public in Public Schools is written for anyone interested in improving the effectiveness of public
school leadership and governance. From elected board members to superintendents to teachers; from PTA presidents to parents
to students, this book was written for you as a how-to-guide for reigniting your passion and engaging in the very
important work of educating the next generation of Americans. There is a reason the word "Public" comes first
in "Public Schools" and "Public Education" and that reason is the focus of this book. That reason is you.
Boyle and Del Burns co-authored this book based on their work with dozens of public school
systems from across the country.
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“An urgently needed reminder of why we have public schools in this country and why
our conversations at the board table are more important than we realize.”
P. Nemir, Director, Leadership Team Services, Texas Association of School Boards
turns out there is a public for public schools and it's all of us. Boyle and Burns justify the continued existence of public
education and provide the solution for restoring its essential purpose.”
– Mark C. Metzger, Past
President, Illinois Association of School Boards and former member, National School Boards Association Board of Directors
the Public in Public Schools addresses the complex choices that must be made concerning education in America today.
It presents to educational decision-makers – who include legislators, school board members, and voters — a framework
of values to guide them in their analyses and choices. Exploring how liberty, community, equality and prosperity are intertwined
in educational policy decisions, the authors challenge decision-makers to see beyond the need for students who can read, write
and compute to the need for citizens and community members who can actively and intelligently participate in our messy but
– Jane Wettach, Education Law Professor, Duke University Law School