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Do school boards really care about the kids?

Another question made me wonder this. Do you think your school board cares about the kids?

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Cafe Jenn

Asked by Cafe Jenn at 2:33 PM on Jan. 25, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • nope
    mommymeg03

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 2:49 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • Not in Chicago...
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:00 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • I think that they care about finding a good balance between what needs to be done, what they want to do, and the funds necessary to do them. Do the boards care about individual children? Probably not. Do they care about the children as a whole? Yes. Why else take a thankless job?
    indymom22

    Answer by indymom22 at 3:43 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • Yes in my town. My husband is on the board as are many parents. The kids where I live are well educated the high school has a 99 percent graduation rate and had 35 Valedictorians last year. Considering there were only 120 kids in the class not too bad.  The kid last in the class had a 3.2 GPA and was accepted at a good college.  Our board does care as do the schools, teachers and most importantly parents. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • Not in Chicago...


    What makes you think that?

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 4:49 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • Of course they do, but we need to reform the entire education system. NCLB needs to go. There is too much jumping around in the current curriculum and kids get confused and start falling behind.

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 4:51 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • I am on our school board and we do care about the kids. The hard thing is we only meet once a month and in general we don't make as many decisions as people may think. Not all boards are the same either. In our meetings we review any issues that may have come up..dress code or behavior policies or anything of that nature. We get a status of budget and building maintanence and approve those things. We don't have say in the education of a child. Our job is more to be sure the right people are in the right places to make those decisions. If people make a complaint we will then look into a situationa nd hear the schools side and the parents side and make a decisin at that point but otherwise we aren't involved in the day to day things at the school. Decisions are made based on the best solutions for the whole student body.
    ria7

    Answer by ria7 at 12:29 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • We have to consider budget and feasibility of a solution but our main objective is ALWAYS what is best for the students. Unfortunately not all parents want the same things so sometimes that leaves someone disappointed. Our job isn't to make everyone happy or we would be changing rules all the time!
    ria7

    Answer by ria7 at 12:30 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

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