Education Letter to the Editor

Boards Have the Power to Ensure High Quality

November 29, 2005 1 min read

To the Editor:

Howard Good has it all wrong (“Board-Dom,” Nov. 2, 2005). School board members are the most important elected officials in America. Our future depends on the quality of education our children receive, and school boards have the power to ensure high quality.

Mr. Good, a former school board president, should have led his board to focus its work on policy, budget approval, community engagement, and teamwork with the superintendent, not the minutiae he complains about. Board-meeting agendas should focus on matters affecting student achievement.

For readers seeking more on this topic, I recommend “Thinking Differently,” a report released in 2000 by the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators that describes the important work of school boards.

Richard Goodman

Hampton, N.H.