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

School Staff Cancels Student-led 9/11 Tribute, Claiming It Could be Offensive

The red, white, and blue theme for a September 10 high school football game was canceled by school staff out of concern that some may find such a theme “racially insensitive.” To many Americans, what could have been a touching moment of student-led patriotism turned into a disappointing occasion for students at Eastlake High School

By |2021-11-16T17:06:46-05:00September 14th, 2021|Faith and Morality, Government, News|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 |2021-12-02T10:22:42-05:00September 8th, 2021|Government, Interviews|1 Comment

Should Children Learn that Islamic Terrorists Were to Blame for 9/11?

Update on September 7, 2021: It has been brought to our attention that the VA Department of Education put out a statement that the views presented in Amaarah DeCuir's lecture do not necessarily represent those of the VA Department of Education. We have updated this post and our social media posts accordingly. The lecture seems

By |2021-11-16T17:08:47-05:00August 31st, 2021|Government, Instruction, News|0 Comments

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

Is School Choice That Big of a Deal?

What is school choice (or educational choice) and why does it matter? School choice is the freedom for parents to choose the best school option for their child. Location, values, available services, quality time, and more play into making an informed choice for your child's education. To further expand that definition, school choice means you have

By |2021-11-15T17:05:55-05:00August 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
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