Governance theorist John Carver, who chatted with me about the roles of school boards and why they often overstep their bounds, made this interesting remark Tuesday during our interview: “Almost everybody who makes fun of the board (and its dysfunction) … if you put them on the board, they’d be just as bad.”

Carver attributes the problem to a lack of clarity about what boards are supposed to do, not the failures of individuals.

EMILY ALPERT

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