Articles tagged with Answer Sheet

The harm of school vouchers

David A. Pickler

David A. Pickler, President of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and member of Tennessee’s Shelby County Board of Education, was featured in The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet today discussing the failures of school voucher schemes and the impact of the recent Louisiana Supreme Court ruling deeming their state’s school voucher program unconstitutional.

Pickler noted:

Imagine a state outsourcing the education of its disadvantaged children to dozens of private entities, asking for only minimal updates on the students’ learning and their financial management of taxpayers’ dollars.

This happened in Louisiana last year, when Gov. Bobby Jindal and his allies in the state legislature rammed through a school voucher bill that diminished communities’ schools and their students by siphoning off public funds to private, parochial, and for-profit enterprises.

But the Louisiana Supreme Court recently took a strong stand for public education across the country when it deemed the funding for that plan unconstitutional in a 6-1 ruling.

Read Pickler’s complete commentary on The Washington Post’s website.

Alexis Rice|May 20th, 2013|Categories: School Vouchers, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Legislative advocacy, Federal Advocacy, Public Advocacy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

NSBA in the News:Childhood bullying influences board member

This week, the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog features a piece written by Dana Smith, a school board member of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services and a board of director for the New York State School Boards Association.

Bullying in schools is pervasive, writes Smith, who realizes that in retrospect, he was a target. As a board member, Smith says he’s in a position to address and prevent this negative phenomenon— and he does.

The column is the latest in a series of entries by school board members from across the country, including:

The problem school boards have with the public”  by Michael Rochholz, board president of the Schoolcraft Community Schools in Schoolcraft, Mich. and member of the Michigan Association of School Boards.

Should children have to compete for their education?” by Mary Fertakis, a member of Washington’s Tukwila School District Board of Directors and President-elect of the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

Naomi Dillon|September 15th, 2011|Categories: Board governance|Tags: , , , |
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