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pete reilly

In the US school board members do not receive a salary or any other monetary considerations. They are strictly volunteers, elected by the local tax paying communities.

There is a state and national school board organization that lobbies on behalf of schools, and school board members do have their own professional development opportunities; but the money they spend on themselves is minimal.

I think your ideas about teachers helping to create policies about their own practice is a good one. Not sure if we need to do away with school boards to do that.


Tracy Rosen

In Quebec school boards are linguistically based (in charge of a region's French or English schools) and are filled with loads of people who receive salaries.

School Board's are bureaucratic machines. I am paid by my school board, not by my school. So there is payroll, human resources, school services (where the consultants come in), and more.

Do you not have something similar in the States?

Everything we do needs to be sanctioned by the school board. This week I decided to create a responsible student referral form so that I could start focusing on referring responsible students to the office instead of those who were caught breaking the rules. My VP liked the form, said she wanted to show it to the Principal who, if he liked the idea, would need to present it to the school board consultant in charge of those things for approval in order for it to be adopted for school-wide use.

Neil Rochelle

I can only imagine the challenges the system you describe adds to leading schools. While NY does not pay school board members, there are states that do. Florida is one such state and the agenda is often politically charged with conflict of interest ever present. Voluntary school boards, elected by the community is what is in the best interest of children. We are talking about public schools. Private schools can have their board of directors!

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