School Governance

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Local school boards play a crucial role in preserving our democracy, preparing our children to be productive citizens, and enriching the lives of our communities. School boards also strive to mirror the diverse democracies they serve as representatives of their communities. All school boards derive their power and authority from the state and at the same time, all school boards generate “law” of their own by establishing the policies by which local schools are governed.

By overseeing public education and representing lay involvement, local school boards provide a structure for public accountability and a means for parents and the community to influence vital policy issues affecting schools. The school board remains the tried and true governance mechanism for delivering excellence and equity in public education for all our children.


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