Legitimate and Effective School Bonds

0.5 Units
Independent Study

Course Description

Empower Yourself with the Knowledge and Effective Management of School Bonds

Because school bonds create a public financial obligation, officials who propose and manage such bonds have an ethical obligation to ensure their legitimacy and effective and efficient use. This course draws upon scholarly and practitioner knowledge to guide students as they answer three critical questions that organize the class:

  1. What legitimates a need for a school bond?  If legitimate, how does a school bond get to the voter for decision?
  2. How do principles of effective public management apply specifically to school bonds?
  3. What best practices exist to ensure school bonds are transparent so they do not lose legitimacy?

Course Details

Number of Units: 0.5 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for concerned citizens, bond oversight committee members, school district staff and leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents, and principals on the district management track), and school board members who are interested in cost-effective, transparent, legally-compliant, and—most notably—successful school bonds. This course should also be of interest to attorneys and accountants who wish to enhance their professional practice while also obtaining continuing education credits.



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What You Will Learn

  • Assess the legitimacy of a need for a school bond, and if legitimate, describe the process to get a bond to the voter for a decision
  • Analyze how principles of effective public management apply specifically to school bonds
  • Define and recognize best practices that ensure school bonds are transparent and ethical so they do not lose legitimacy


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Independent Study

Independent Study Self-Paced: Independent study courses offer you flexibility and the ability to complete a course faster or slower than you would a traditional live course. In this online format, you may register at any time and you will have a set time period (typically 9 months) from the time of registration to complete your course. This convenient format is often helpful for:

  • Working professionals with tight schedules
  • Students who require a specific course to meet professional development or recertification requirements
  • Students living in remote locations
  • Students who cannot easily attend courses due to injury or illness
  • Students who are self-motivated and conscientious