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Michael Hartney

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Researcher In Political Science

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University of Notre Dame
1400 East Angela Boulevard
South Bend, Indiana 46617
United States

Company Description: The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located at Notre Dame,...   more
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Education Next » Governance and Leadership
educationnext.org, 3 Sept 2014 [cached]
This short but power-packed study by Arnold Shober, associate professor of government at Lawrence University, and Michael Hartney, researcher in political science at the University of Notre Dame, is here to offer hope: done right, school boards can work for kids.
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Rather than painting boards and their members with a broad brush, Shober and Hartney spend time defining different types of capacityâ€"possessing accurate knowledge about a district, focusing on student learning, and adopting effective work practices.
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What is most hopeful, however, is that Shober and Hartney were able to find out if those capacitiesâ€"or lack of themâ€"made a difference in student achievement.
Flavin's co-researcher was Michael ...
www.eurekalert.org, 13 June 2011 [cached]
Flavin's co-researcher was Michael Hartney, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.
Contact: Michael ...
www.nga.org, 11 Aug 2007 [cached]
Contact: Michael HartneyEducation Division
National Governors Association
www.nga.org, 24 June 2008 [cached]
Michael Hartney, NGA's Center Liaison to West Virginia
"I certainly wouldn't say that this ...
www.duquoin.com [cached]
"I certainly wouldn't say that this report portrays school boards as a panacea," said Michael Hartney, a researcher at Notre Dame University and one of the coauthors of the study, which was released earlier this month. But, on the margins, he said, there is solid evidence that school boards can make a difference. Electing moderates Some of the findings were quite surprising. It matters, for example, when elections are held. Holding elections at the same time as state and national-level elections, the authors found, correlates to standardized student proficiency test scores 2.4 points higher than a comparable district that has off-cycle elections. The likely explanation, said Hartney, is that "off cycle" elections pull in fewer voters, and can often be swung by the intense commitment of a small number of people. This lends itself to ideological extremists on both the right and the left, who then squeeze out moderates in the middle. But it is moderates on school boards who are more likely to focus on student achievement and to have a better understanding of the district's real needs. "When you ask a board member what the biggest priority in the district is," Hartney said, "we found that political moderates were more likely to provide an answer that reflected real conditions on the ground.
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The researchers are not really sure, Hartney acknowledges, whether they are looking at cause or effect. They know that board members in high performing districts focus on student achievement. The report also found that when board members were professionalized, underwent professional training and in some cases even earned a salary, students performed better. But a community that is already focused on student achievement may be more likely to elect like-minded board members. Hartney acknowledges that a board member's academic focus and the board's professionalization may not cause educational outcomes.
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