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Dave from Philadelphia

Hi Mike. You wrote, "But, having visited hundreds of schools and sat in on too many school board meetings, I've seen what it's like to be under the scrutiny of people who think, having been students, that they know how to be teachers."

I concur that school board directors are way over their heads when they start to dictate minutia teaching policy rather than dealing with overall policy and money issues. And then you have the issue of football stadiums vs. arts programs, etc. Some school districts seem to keep the balance pretty well and then ... there are the others.

But, I struggle to think of a better alternative. Charter schools have less reporting obligations to school districts/boards, and this has really not led to sustained improvements for the attendees of those schools. Some are great and some fail. The rest are in the middle. Which is about the same as schools that report to school boards ... except for urban schools which now a-days are mostly run by state appointed Superintendents and even state appointed school boards. One could argue that that shows that an "expert school board" is not the answer. But I think their failures are likely a lack of sustained, adequate funding.

What do you think would work better?


Education has become an industry, with all the ladder climbing, pension spiking, etc., that goes on in every industry. It's at every level, teachers, staff, administration, and district office. School boards are often stepping stones to higher office.

Children/students are mainly the raw materials for the industry.

Easy to identify the problem(s), but I don't know the solution.

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