Answered By: Josh Denby
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017     Views: 83

School board policies often are not widely distributed. Many school boards use them primarily as internal documents which do not need to be circulated often. This does not mean that they are impossible to locate; there just is no simple source to locate them.

Your first place to look should be on the school board’s website. Often many policies that students and parents need to be aware of will be shared there if the board is technologically up to date. This is also the place where you can find contact information for departments that deal with policies and you can always ask specifically if they even have a policy on a given issue, and if you may have access to it (When the board is public, this may have to be as an Open Records Request or something of the like).

A database that you also may want to try is called Educational Administration Abstracts. Because this database is focused on the administrative side of education, you can sometimes find policy analyses or case studies which may reference specific school board policies. You can also try the Kraus Curriculum Development Library. This database can connect with individual school board policies relating to certain subject specialties.

For further assistance you may wish to contact your Education Librarian; contact information is located in this list of subject librarians.

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