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Why School Boards?
Learn more about the history and importance of locally elected school boards in the United States.
Are School Boards Necessary?
Should the present governance structure of our nation’s public schools remain in place? Are school boards necessary?
The answer to both questions is, unequivocally, yes.
No one questions why planning boards, municipal governments, and state legislatures exist. And yet, some people advocate turning over control of school governance to those same bodies, saying we should let someone else take charge of the future of our children’s future.
School boards, elected or appointed by their communities, represent the community’s beliefs and values. Who better than these community representatives to shoulder the responsibility for preparing children to live productive and satisfying lives?
5 Reasons for Local Control of Public Education
Consider these five reasons that the school board, who represents your community’s beliefs and values, should be the decision maker in today’s schools:
- Education is not a line item in your school board’s budget—it is the only item.
- The school board represents the public’s voice in public education, providing citizen governance for:
- what the public schools need
- what the community wants
- Your school board sets the standard for achievement in your district, incorporating:
- the community’s view of what students should know and be able to do at each grade level
- Your school board is accessible to you and accountable for the performance of the schools in your district.
- If the schools are not producing, it is your right as a voter to select new board members who will see to it that your students and your schools succeed.
- Your school board is your community’s education watchdog, ensuring that taxpayers get the most for their tax dollars.
- Public education is a $423 billion business.
- School boards have taxing authority.
- Direct oversight—and responsibility—should not be given to politicians whose first priority is something other than education.