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  •  problem with school boards is that there (31+ / 0-)

    are no educational requirements and no requirements of actually having kids in the system.  In NC, a guy retired to NC, having educated his kids in another state and whose grandkids were being educated in another state.  He decided that the reason local schools were having so many problems, was that there were so many of Those Kids in the system.

    Therefore he came up with a districting scheme  which would de facto reinstitute segregation.  After all, he was a retired CEO who made his bucks when he sold his business and moved to NC. Who would not be better qualified to oversee the schools?

    •  I do not agree with your sentiments. (5+ / 0-)

      Setting aside the retired asshat bigot...

      Education is of benefit to all, even those without their own education and/or "kids in the system"...

      That means, everyone is tasked/taxed to help pay the costs, even those without their own education and/or "kids in the system"...

      Which means everyone gets to participate in the democratic process under which our public schools function.

      Some experience is more pertinent than others.  Not all ideas are equal.  But access to participatory democracy should be.

      And I assure you, I have often felt quite the opposite.  But I try to be the better me.


      "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

      by Marjmar on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:58:41 AM PST

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      •  I still feel that some sort of experience (10+ / 0-)

        in the area you are trying to govern is beneficial.  If they are truly concerned about local schools, may I suggest they might be of more assistance as a classroom volunteer or volunteering to drive the activity bus or volunteering as an assistant coach or trainer?  Schools are usually universally in need of volunteers.
        I remember sponsoring FBLA chapter and the difficulty in finding business people willing to come in and share their expertise with the students.  I would strongly suggest someone seeking to help the local schools would better serve the needs of the schools by volunteering their time and expertise.  If the goal is to stroke their own egos and to advance their own ideological agendas, then they should run for school board as soon as they unpack the Peekapoo and place Aunt Agnes' ashes on their new mantlepiece  

        •  Agreed. (5+ / 0-)

          And well, yes:

          If the goal is to stroke their own egos and to advance their own ideological agendas,
          For the CEO/business types who think they're going to "come in and shape things up so the schools will operate more efficiently...blah blah blah freakin' blah" ego-stroking and agenda-spreading is exactly what's afoot.  And that's where the voters come into play, per markthshark just below our chat here...

          "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

          by Marjmar on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:11:10 AM PST

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        •  The voters should bear this in mind (7+ / 0-)

          When voting, but alas we live in a society where major political parties get their scientific information from science fiction novelists and priests.  

          Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

          by Mindful Nature on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:33:44 AM PST

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        •  But that's why voters are supposed to educate (3+ / 0-)
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          I wouldn't vote for some CEO with no education experience, particularly one from out of state.

          But they have as much right to run as anyone.

          "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

          by JesseCW on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:42:41 AM PST

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      •  Which is why policies for emergency rooms (2+ / 0-)
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        should be made by retired teachers, and decisions about where NASA sends its next mission should be made by plumbers.

        Because there's no such thing as expertise in a field of knowledge.

        Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

        by blue aardvark on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:39:29 AM PST

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    •  How about, you have to have a Masters..... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... in Education to be eligible to run for school board?

      If you need to have an advanced degree just to teach, shouldn't you need something even HIGHER to make global decisions on all teaching?

      BTW, why the hell would any other state ever take anything Texas dictated for the education of their children, Texans are a bunch of friggin wack jobs.

      All HAT and no BRAIN.

    •  This is true for any public official (4+ / 0-)
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      Our school board has had people who meet the objective criteria that you indicate, yet the school board suffered as a result.  Of course, they are fundamentalist conservatives.

      Ostensibly, anyone holding public office should have direct prior experience relevant to the position, but it need not be a requirement.

      A person with no children who recently relocated from another area could be an excellent school board member.  I think candidates for school board are clear enough about their ideas to allow us to decide who is qualified.  

      If anything, I'd be very wary of someone who only had experience in the local school system.  They may be less able to see the problems and to have fresh ideas how to fix them.

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