Posted on March 14, 2013 in Inclusion
From Section 4, idea #9 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?
When parents come to me and say, “I am so discouraged about my district. What can I do?” I often ask, “Would you consider running for school board?” This answer is a surprise to many but it shouldn’t be. The school board has power and makes decisions related to school culture, beliefs, values, and practices. They also hire the superintendent and that individual has a whole lot to do with how accessible, welcoming, and challenging schools will be for all learners.
The school board essentially establishes a vision for the schools. Responsibilities include budgeting, reviewing policies, assessing progress on district goals, responding to comments and complaints from the public, and approving curriculum materials. School boards are also directly or indirectly charged with answering questions such as, “What philosophy or values do we want integrated into our schools?; and “What are the priorities in this district?”
Of course, district employees cannot run for the board, but parents can. Local advocates can. Educators from other districts can. Self-advocates can. Can you?
Would you consider running for school board? Do you have an inclusion-minded friend who might do the same?