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Editorial discusses the importance of school boards

What does your community know about your school board and the work school board members do?

Two members of California’s Fresno Unified School District’s school board recently penned an editorial for the Fresno Bee detailing the importance of their jobs. Cal Johnson and Valerie Davis urged their community members to pay attention to the candidates running for the school board because it has such a crucial role in guiding the community’s education system.

“School boards set direction for the district; we advocate for public education as well as needed improvements; we are currently maintaining the financial stability of our districts under some of the worst economic conditions in modern history; and, most importantly, we keep a laser-like focus on improving student achievement,” the authors write.

Davis and Johnson discussed some of the challenges facing the Fresno Unified School District and others in the area, including extreme concentrations of poverty that impact students’ abilities to attend school and learn.

“Schools cannot solve these problems alone, so they seek the community’s help to alleviate the scars that poverty inflicts on so many of the children and families in our Valley,” they write. “Everything from land-use decisions to policy approaches to public safety, mental health, and recreation impact our challenge.”

Read the column at the Fresno Bee and learn more about ways to communicate with your community from American School Board Journal’s columnist Nora Carr in “Telling Your Story.”



Joetta Sack-Min|July 19th, 2012|Categories: American School Board Journal, Governance, School Board News, School Boards|Tags: , , , , |


  1. Charles Hoff says:

    They COULD be important, IF they had the time and fortitude to do a serious investigation of how good their schools were and if the answers were not good, and and they probably wouldn’t be, develop actual plans that that THEY would instruct Superintendents to implement.

    Unfortunately this is not often the case. Instead they have become rubber stamps for the latest educational rage that the Superintendent favors.

    Sadly few will have become aware of a recent Danish report that places parents with “5 times the influence on achievement as schools.” If this is the case in Denmark I think we can assume that our numbers are similar.

    So, where is the “Dutch Uncle” conversation going on with parents, directed by school board members? Only in a few high achieving schools districts I know of.

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