It’s no secret that school boards matter, and that’s why we need good school board members like YOU! Local school boards effect change in powerful ways by using their familiarity with the environ to directly affect students in their area. Balancing differing viewpoints, challenging political landscapes, and complex issues, make this role challenging. Nevertheless,
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The local school board. For many Americans, this body of policymakers is somewhat mysterious, with an ill-defined purpose and a vague connection to local schools. What exactly does a school board do, anyway? And an even more critical question: Why should any ordinary citizen run for a position on the school board? Well, you’ve come
“Glenda’s Plan for Our Schools!” read a brightly colored sign hanging in front of me. “Fiscal responsibility, promoting community and parental involvement, and increasing special education programs and services are just some of the ideals that Glenda is committed to!” I realized that I was looking at a school board campaign flyer. The bold
For months, you’ve contemplated how you can impact education. After all, you’re passionate about your local community. You’ve decided that the students in your school district are undeniably your top priority. Perhaps you should run for the school board? Over the years, you’ve helped out in a few local campaigns in your area. The school
“State boards of education are among the last bastions of civil discourse in the country. By and large, board members engage in complex discussions about policy without a lot of partisan drama.” Robert Hull, NASBE President, and CEO Public education is a gigantic tree with a tremendous number of large, heavy branches. Each of
On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said he will bring in the FBI to address the “increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools.” Along with the FBI, Attorney General Garland will meet with other state attorney generals and various levels
As much as school board controversies have been in the news lately, only 5-10% of voters typically show up to school board elections. What's more, as many as 4 out of 10 school board elections are won by unopposed candidates! Why the lack of enthusiasm from both voters and candidates? The truth is, American
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan recently fired back against the Biden administration’s alleged attempt to silence parental dissent at school board meetings. On Friday, Jordan subpoenaed the Justice Department, Education Department, and FBI for all information on targeting parents at school board meetings. "Since October 2021, Judiciary Committee Republicans have sent over one hundred
School board members of the Virginia Commonwealth are gathering together on Saturday, Feb. 26 in Lynchburg, Virginia for a one-day event titled School Board Summit: Equipping New Leaders for Positive Impact. This event will serve to help school board members better serve their communities. The School Board Summit was created as a resource and networking
We’ve all grown accustomed to the school board vs. parent fights that continually pop up in the news. Schools implement a controversial policy, followed by the expected immediate pushback from parents. And in most of these cases, parents are rightfully angry about what their child’s school is putting in place. Parents will do anything to