School Board Accountability
In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then Hemade School Boards."
Mark Twain's withering contempt for a body elected to oversee theperson hired to run schools remains as fresh today as in 1897 whenthe writer penned the words.One Stanford University case was argued by the Hoover Institution, a conservative thinktank on campus. The opening salvo was a description of school boards as dysfunctionalfamilies filled with unlovable types such as would-be politicians, teacher-union
sympathizers and single-issue advocates. They are people who would run screamingfrom the label conservative, yet they block reform efforts such as charter schools andhigh-stakes testing in favor of conserving the status quo.
a union sympathizer. Everyemployee should be fairly compensated for an honest dayswork. Collective bargaining should never include aguaranteed job or pay scales not commensurate withindustry standards. Attaining tenure, a protected status inacademia, should be a reward only for continuedeffectiveness and high performance in the job.
many issues face school boards. The responsibilities ofmanaging a school system, even with a hired superintendent and staff, must remainaccountable to the taxpayers who support the system.
a conservative. He will provide openness and accountability. Hewill stand to protect taxpayers. He will serve as an advocate for students, parents andsystem staff.Henry County Schools averaged 24.8 from a possible score of 100 in collegepreparedness, reported on May 8th by a US News nationwide analysis. We read aboutcollege readiness in the news and how important it is. But until now we were notprovided a national measurement to compare how well we prepare students
for post-secondary education.
The Georgia Department of Education has released a new measure of studentachievement for public high schools around the state. The measure is a four-year highschool graduation rate. Simply, it is calculated using the number of students whograduate within four years of starting high school. Henry County Schools did not farewell as shown below: