Biography

Kern Alexander’s current research interests include education finance and law. He has worked extensively as an expert in state school finance litigation. His work has been cited in law reviews, law journals, and appellate court decisions.

He is the Editor of the Journal of Education Finance, distributed by the University of Illinois Press.

Alexander has an ongoing research interest in elementary, secondary, and in higher education administration, finance, and law.

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Key Professional Appointments

Excellence Professor (tenured) Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002 - present

Interim President Murray State University, Murray, KY, 2006 - 2006

President Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, 1994 - 2001

University Distinguished Professor (tenured) Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1988 - 1994

President Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1985 - 1988

Education Policy and Budget Coordinator State of Florida, Office of the Governor, Governor D. Robert Graham, 1982 - 1985

Professor (tenured) Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Florida, 1968 - 1985

Director Institute for Educational Finance, University of Florida, 1972 - 1982

Associate Director, then Director National Educational Finance Project, 1968 - 1974

Chief Financial Practices Section, Washington D.C., Office of Construction, US Office of Education, 1966 - 1968

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Education

Diploma, Educational Studies (with distinction) Two dissertations, Oxford University, Pembroke College, 1977

EDD., Educational Administration, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1965

B.A., English and History, Centre College of Kentucky, 1961

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Dr. Samuel Robinson Award for Leadership and Service to Education State Board of Education of Kentucky, 2012 - 2012

Recognition of Scholarly Contributions Brigham Young Law Journal, 2015 - 2015

Recognition of Scholarly Contributions Indiana International Law Review, 2015 - 2015

Recognition of Scholarly Contributions Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, 2015 - 2015

Recognition of Scholarly Contributions Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights, 2015 - 2015

Lifetime Achievement Award National Education Finance Conference, 2011 - 2011

Samuel I. Hicks Executive-in-Residence Ohio University, 2008 - 2008

Distinguished Service Award Kentucky School Superintendents' Association, 2006 - 2006

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Publications

Alexander, K. (2015) Financing Public Schools: Theory, Policy, and Practice (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group: London)

Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2015) The Law of Schools, Students, and Teachers in a Nutshell, 5th edition (West Academic, Law Book Publishers: St. Paul, MN)

Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2011) American Public School Law, 8th edition (Wadsworth Cengage Learning: Belmont, CA)  link >

Alexander, K., & Alexander, K. (2011) Higher Education Law: Policy and Perspectives (Routledge/Taylor & Francis: New York, NY)  link >

Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2009) The Law of Schools, Students and Teachers in a Nutshell, 4th edition (West Publishing Company: St. Paul, MN)  link >

Alexander, K. (2008) Education and Economic Growth: Investment and Distribution of Financial Resources (Linton Atlantic Books, Ltd.: Yarnton, Oxon. UK)  link >

Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2008) American Public School Law, 7th edition (Wadsworth, Cengage Learning: Belmont, CA)

Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2006) The Law of Schools, Students and Teachers in a Nutshell, 3rd edition (West Publishing Company: St. Paul, MN)  link >

Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2004) American Public School Law, 6th edition (West/Wadsworth Cengage Learning: St. Paul, MN)  link >

Alexander, K., & Hunter, R. (2004) (Editors) Administering Special Education: In Pursuit of Dignity and Autonomy. Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 7 (Elsevier: Amsterdam and New York, NY)

Alexander, K., & Alexander, F. (2002) (Editors) The University: International Expectations (McGill-Queen's University Press: Montreal, Canada)

Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2001) American Public School Law, 5th edition (West/Wadsworth Publishing Company: St. Paul, MN)

Alexander, K. (1998) Money matters: content and analysis Journal of Education 24 (2), 237-42

Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (1997) American Public School Law, 4th edition (West/Wadsworth Publishing Company: St. Paul, MN)

Alexander, K., & Salmon, R. (1995) Public School Finance (Allyn and Bacon: Boston, MA)  link >

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Service

Chair, Board of Editors and Editor Journal of Education Finance,

Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, 2015 - present

Co-Coordinator by contract The Edwin J. O’Leary Endowment in Financial Management, O'Leary Endowment, 2002 - present

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Courses

Public School Finance Study of financing public education systems in the United States; focuses on the social, economic, political, legal, and technical dimensions of developing school finance policy for federal, state, and local governments; relates theory and research in public school finance to administrative practice in budgeting and financial administration. Course Information: Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the College of Education or consent of instructor.

Education Law Examines the range of federal and state constitutional and statutory sources that apply to the constituents (pupils, parents, teachers, administrators, and board members) engaged in public schools. Emphasizes development of legal analytical skills. Course Information: Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the College of Education or consent of instructor. Class Schedule Information: Priority will be given to department majors.

School District Management Course will introduce students to the literature on school district management from the perspectives of theory, research, and practice. Effective strategies for managing school districts will be presented, including in-depth study of educational facilities management, planning, and decision making. Course Information: Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the EOL Superintendent Endorsement program or consent of instructor.

Higher Education Law Provides graduate students with core knowledge of the law affecting the administration of colleges and universities. Students become versed in legal issues to enhance administrative effectiveness and to address legal issues that confront the administrator in the operation of an institution of higher education. Importantly, the course does not aspire to invest the student with legal knowledge sufficient to operate without advice of professional legal counsel. Course Information: Prerequisite: EOL 571.

Kern Alexander

Excellence Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

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336 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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