Holding closed sessions in school board meetings to reach major policy decisions is generally discouraged; but, school boards occasionally use this tactic if conflict and tension arise (Lunenburg& Ornstein, 2000). Therefore, the questions of ”how often does a Board of Education encounter conflict and tension” and “how is the decision made to schedule a closed session to discuss school issues” are extremely relevant in these times of public transparency. FULL MANUSCRIPT AVAILABLE AT:

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