Derek W. Black: Schoolhouse Burning

Derek W. Black shares how the recent politicization of school boards fits within the historic American commitment to public education.

By SchoolCEO Last Updated: July 13, 2021


Derek W. Black shares insights from his 2020 book Schoolhouse Burning and how the recent politiziation of school boards fits within America's historic commitment to public education.


Prof. Derek W. Black is an accomplished education legal scholar and constitutional law professor whose 2020 book, Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy, interprets the education privatization movement of today within the context of American history. Black’s accolades include publishing over thirty scholarly articles in the nation’s top legal journals and having his work cited by the Supreme Court. Black currently serves as the Ernest F. Hollings Chair in Constitutional Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Although he may not be a school leader, Black’s deep roots in education history have helped him become one of the nation’s foremost voices in interpreting today’s current political and educational climate through the lens of history. Derek is especially interested in how a strong public school system is vital to a thriving democracy.

In this special episode, Black illuminates how school leaders can make their way through today’s tumultuous educational landscape by digging deep into their relationships with their community.

An excerpt from our conversation with Black appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of SchoolCEO Magazine under the title Education Under Fire.

Prof. Derek W. Black (@DerekWBlack)

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