Education Not Indoctrination

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A Students First Agenda

If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to find some new candidates to run for your local board:
 
  • Board member continually focuses on one issue or talks aimlessly at meetings.
  • Board member doesn’t conduct him or herself in a respectful, collaborative manner in public.
  • Board member comes to meetings unprepared.
  • Board member “rubber stamps” all the superintendent’s proposals without asking hard questions.
  • Board member micromanages rather than focusing attention on district-wide policies.
  • Board member uses his position on the school board as an opportunity to put forth a political agenda with little relevance to student achievement.

If you have sound judgment, an even temper, a willingness to collaborate and a sincere interest in public education in your community, you might consider running for your local school board. You will need to be 18 years of age, a registered voter, a resident of your district and eligible under the state constitution to run for office.

If mounting your own campaign seems daunting but you are concerned about who is on the board, consider gathering a group of concerned citizens together to seek and support a candidate or candidates who share your vision for the district.

Most importantly, be sure to educate yourself about the issues and encourage others in your community to do the same. And don’t forget to vote!

Communities typically elect a school board of three, five or seven trustees to oversee the local school district and make certain the desires of the community are met.
 
The school board’s primary responsibilities are to:
 
  • Set the vision and goals for the district.
  • Adopt policies that give the district direction to set priorities and achieve its goals.
  • Hire and evaluate the superintendent.
  • Adopt and oversee the annual budget.
  • Manage the collective bargaining process for employees of the district.
A typical school board meeting will include many business items, such as approving the school calendar, adopting curriculum, overseeing construction, and approving contracts with outside vendors. A successful school board will balance discussion of the seemingly tedious business of running the district while paying close attention to the district’s priorities for academic achievement.

If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to find some new candidates to run for your local board:
 
  • Board member continually focuses on one issue or talks aimlessly at meetings.
  • Board member doesn’t conduct him or herself in a respectful, collaborative manner in public.
  • Board member comes to meetings unprepared.
  • Board member “rubber stamps” all the superintendent’s proposals without asking hard questions.
  • Board member micromanages rather than focusing attention on district-wide policies.
  • Board member uses his position on the school board as an opportunity to put forth a political agenda with little relevance to student achievement.

How can you be sure that the education in your local public schools meets your expectations? A good place to start is by electing effective school board members.
 
When deciding which candidate to support and vote for, you’ll want to attend community candidate forums and ask hard questions. Try asking the following questions:
 
For incumbents:
 
  • What actions have you taken to improve student achievement?
For challengers and incumbents:
 
  • What are your visions for this school district five to 10 years from now and what systemic changes will you work toward to achieve that vision?
  • What policies would you initiate to improve student achievement?
  • What are the characteristics of a superintendent you most admire?
  • How would you measure success for a superintendent?
  • What level of skills should high school students have upon graduation?
  • You’ll also want to find out if the candidate has good analytical, leadership and collaborative skills to move the district forward. A good candidate does not have a single-issue focus but rather is interested in the success of all students in the district.

An effective school board plays an important watchdog role in keeping your local school on track, and setting policies that affect your child and your school. The school board sets the vision and goals for the school district, and holds the district accountable for results. One school board member cannot do the job alone. Effective school board members contribute their unique talents while collaborating and working as a team with other board members.

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Out With The Old Guard

For the last 55 years the old statewide trade organizations that "train" school board members, aka, school board associations, have failed to educate school board members so that better educational outcomes are realized.

In with the New Guard

The NSBLC is here to train school board members to be more effective. We teach school board members how to create a dynamic and vibrant educational environment ripe with opportunity.

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Out With The Old Guard

For the last 55 years the old statewide trade organizations that "train" school board members, aka, school board associations, have failed to educate school board members so that better educational outcomes are realized.

In with the New Guard

The NSBLC is here to train school board members to be more effective. We teach school board members how to create a dynamic and vibrant educational environment ripe with opportunity.

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