Welcome to Introduction to School Boards!

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

By |2021-10-01T09:54:07-04:00September 30th, 2021|Government|0 Comments

Who Was Hurt the Most by Virginia’s Education Decisions During COVID?

By Willie Deutsch -- COVID resulted in significant academic upheaval for students.  The end of the 2019-2020 school year was utter chaos as schools had to change how they operated overnight. However, the 2020-2021 school year was one the state and school divisions had months to plan for.  But instead of a plan, many

By |2021-09-27T12:57:02-04:00September 27th, 2021|Government|0 Comments

Event Recap: The Bureaucratic Monopoly of Education

40% of parents in Lynchburg, Virginia, have chosen to walk away from free, public education, according to Lynchburg City’s Councilman Jeff S. Helgeson. “How bad does the product or the service have to be...for 40% to say, ‘keep it?’ ” Why are so many parents opting their children out of public education?  One central reason

By |2021-09-22T12:44:20-04:00September 22nd, 2021|Government|0 Comments

Government in Education: How government runs our schools and what you can do to change it

  "When things don't seem to be working well, how do we fix it?" -- Mask mandates, vaccine requirements, gender confusion, CRT, and controversial sex education curricula—these topics are why parents and concerned citizens storm school board meetings. They are motivated by the fear that they’ll lose control of one of the most

By |2021-09-15T09:45:38-04:00September 15th, 2021|Government|0 Comments

One Controversial Way You Can Influence Local Education: With Willie Deutsch

This is Part 2 of a series of interviews with Willie Duetsch. Click here to read Part 1. -- Ah, yes. The inner workings of schools and the government.  It’s not at the top of most people’s list of fascinating conversation topics. But if you’re a parent or another concerned member of the community, that

By |2021-09-15T12:29:11-04:00September 8th, 2021|Government|1 Comment

Battle Ensues Over School Mask Mandates Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

President Biden called school superintendents in Florida and Arizona to congratulate them on doing the right thing by implementing mask requirements in their school districts, despite the governors’ statewide bans on mask mandates. In a statement on Saturday, the White House shared that interim Broward Superintendent Vickie Cartwright in Florida and Phoenix Union High School

By |2021-08-17T12:25:50-04:00August 17th, 2021|Government, News|0 Comments

Why Educational Choice Matters

Today we want to look at school choice (also known as educational choice) and why it matters.  What do we mean by “school choice”? School choice is the idea that parents have the freedom to choose the best school option for their child. “Best” can span many facets of education: location, values, available services, quality

By |2021-10-14T13:42:59-04:00August 14th, 2021|Government, Instruction|2 Comments

How to Run for Local Politics

Do you find yourself intrigued by politics? Have you ever considered that you could be the one to run for office? You know your community and school district could use some changes. That starts with local politics like the school board, mayor, or city council. These positions make decisions about education policy and funding that

By |2021-08-09T10:29:50-04:00August 7th, 2021|Government|0 Comments

The Delta Variant Reignites School Mask Debate

As schools prepare to start a new school year—and with the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19—student mask policies have been on the minds of many parents. Yet, parents, school administrators, and lawmakers seem unable to agree if masks should be mandatory or optional. According to Insider, the Delta variant is reported to be

By |2021-08-09T10:31:20-04:00July 27th, 2021|Government, News|0 Comments
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