Public-Sector Leadership and Philanthropy: The Case of Broad Superintendents

Thomas S. Dee, Susanna Loeb, Ying Shi

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Philanthropic initiatives incorporating prescriptive practices have become prominent in K–12 education. This study provides evidence on the reach, character, and impact of the Broad Superintendents Academy, a controversial initiative designed to transform district leadership. A novel data set on Broad trainees linked to data on large districts over 20 years shows that Broad superintendents have had extensive reach, serving nearly 3 million students at their peak, and that, for districts that hired Broad trainees, Broad superintendents were 40% more likely to be Black than non-Broad superintendents, although they had significantly shorter tenures. Estimates provide evidence that Broad-trained leaders had little effect on several district outcomes including enrollment, spending, and student completion. However, they initiated a trend toward increased charter school enrollment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEducational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • correlational analysis
  • descriptive analysis
  • econometric analysis
  • educational policy
  • educational reform
  • governance
  • leadership
  • longitudinal studies
  • policy
  • policy analysis
  • school/teacher effectiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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